Anyone who can sing in tune, find and keep the beat, and move with rhythm makes music-making look easy! Especially when they have a smile on their face whilst doing it!!! For anyone who has not quite reached that point in their musical aptitude it's far from easy because there's so much that needs to come together:

  • Hearing the pitch accurately
  • Feeling the beat accurately
  • Putting the beat into your body accurately
  • Moving from one pitch to another accurately
  • Co-ordination of voice and movement

And that's to name but a few. To accomplish each of those takes a while, including steps through each stage. Whilst we, as adults are supporting a child's muscial development making it fun as well as easy is really the key. If it just looks easy and then the child discovers it isn't easy for them their most likely reaction is to shut down and not try at all: quite the reverse of what we want them to do! In fact, we want to present kids with ideas which become a springboard for them to use whilst they process and play, try it for themselves and expand upon those ideas.

Do you remember when your baby was tiny and you were told that each of us are born with 8 intelligences? And perhaps you said to yourself that you'd do your best to support the development of those intelligences. One of our 8 intelligences is music and by supporting the development of that intelligence we are helping kids to become rounded humans. They may or may not choose to take music to the next stage (take a look at the Rhythm Kids program if you're interested in the next stage) but then we don't take our kids to swimming lessons thinking they will be in the next summer Olympics or to the ice rink thinking only of the NHL or soccer pitch imagining a world cup goal. We do all want opportunities for our kids and that's what comes from supporting each of those 8 intelligences. Supporting them in a natural way, giving them the opportunity to play with the ideas from class, and showing them that we do it too are all ways of supporting development without pressure. And making mistakes helps too! A child seeing the adult they know and love having fun and making mistakes is much less likely to give up if music-making isn't as easy for them as the grown-up makes it look. Being able to sing in tune, find and keep the beat and move with rhythm is only easy after the opportunity to practise and perfect each stage of these complex skills, having fun along the way is key to it becoming easy for them too.