Research shows again and again that music is a powerful ally in supporting the development of young children. Motor, language, speech, cognitive, emotional, expression– all can be addressed during a well-crafted musical experience.
And one of the best things? Music therapists meet all these goals with a medium that naturally encourages creative play! Music creates a world of play and connection that gives opportunities for non-verbal expression, creativity, and awareness of yourself and others– all lifelong skills that are the building blocks of development.
In the video below, Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC shares an original song she created to get the wiggles out both in sessions and out home. It encourages creative movement, stopping and starting, following directions, receptive language (so many domains!) all through a catchy groove. You’ll be humming it all day!
Love what you hear? Grab the chord sheet and mP3 for this song and three more (AND a free songwriting ebook!) to use in your sessions!
If you’re always on the lookout for amazing, goal-driven resources, then check out Early Childhood Music Toolbox by Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC. By taking the course, you will:
- Walk away with more than 30 pages of songs and resources to re-energize your practice
- Understand the developmental rationale for using specific musical cues that will inspire the relationship between you and your client to new heights
- Learn how to retool existing songs and resources to fit each client’s unique needs – eliciting meaningful interaction from your clients, using less energy from you!
- Deeply explore the full range of what music has to offer through song form, chord progressions, musical cues, and more!