Movement Music

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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With the emphasis on fitness that must be initiated at the earliest possible stage in life, movement music has become an even more important focus of children's music. With so many children eating so much sugar and watching so much television, anything that can get a child dancing or jumping or exercising several times during the day is a "step" in the right direction. Movement music is designed to do great things like teach a child about the parts of the body while, at the same time, encouraging the child to move all those part.

Movement music combines dance and exercise with learning. It's a great way to get the children moving and ready to learn when the weather won't permit outdoor activity. Movement music offers the dual benefit of stimulating learning and good health at the same time, and it can be used both indoors and outside, with small or large groups.

Some Types of Movement Music

Movement music can involve dancing with an object such as a ribbon or large ball or while holding on to the back of a chair. While the singer gives instructions on how to do it, the children find that they can move and dance in concert with something outside of themselves. This process helps with coordination and, at the same time, can be a lot of fun for the children.

Creating a dance and drawing feet on the floor to show how to do it is another way to include include several different skill sets in the process. Then there's the wonder of body music--using the body to make pleasing rhythmic sounds. Sounds like clapping, stomping, and slapping thighs or arms combined with voice make movement music fun.

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