Early musical education and movement

Small children use their bodies to express what they hear and feel. They jump around for joy, sit sadly in a corner or run away if they are frightened. Movement is a connection between the body, spirit and soul, and it requires all-round encouragement.

Children have boundless energy and urges to move around, and they explore their own sensory world through physical experiences.

Music makes everything better. Children come into the world with a fundamental perception of music. They can recognise noises, sounds and rhythms, move or dance, wave or clap their hands. Older children try to sing along.

Listening to and experiencing music is a popular part of our daily programme in our establishments. Depending on the age of the children, it could be simply singing with the nursery school teachers or trying out instruments that are suitable for children, such as triangles, drums or bells.

When the children are still very small, they can often only concentrate on the musical experience for just a few minutes. In general, however, they are quite captivated by it during this time.

Dancing satisfied the children’s urge to move, as well as encouraging their coordination and awareness of their own bodies and their ability to be creative in their own forms of movement during free dance. Through variations of tempo, type of dance steps or movement, the children develop a good ability to concentrate.

The combination of music and movement is always a great pleasure for the children. They particularly enjoy playing and singing as a group. Even if they do not join in much themselves to start with, they will already get a lot of enjoyment out of just watching.

At our daycare centres, it goes without saying that we sing and enjoy music in both German and in English.