Making Music

Making Music

18 April 2019

Music is a valuable learning experience for children of all ages.  Research shows that children who are actively involved in music (playing, singing, or listening):

  • do better in reading and math when they start school
  • are better able to focus and control their bodies
  • interact better with others and have higher self-esteem

Music enables children to express themselves creatively, gain language and listening skills, practice co-ordination, and through movement gain motor skills.  These are some of the reasons that Nurtured at Home subsidises Educators to attend a community Mainly Music group.

We can encourage children to engage with music by creating a “steady beat” using our hands to clap, banging on a drum, stamping our feet, or tapping rakau, all in time to music.

Here’s some music ideas you can create in your home:

  • Castanets (using cardboard and bottle tops)
  • Maraccas (using recyclable bottles)
  • Cardboard box guitar
  • Rakau (can also make these from paper towel rolls)
  • Damru drum (using wooden spoons and beads)