Even before a child learns to speak, they learn to express themselves and connect with song and sound. It has been asserted that babies are born with inherent musical capabilities, because their responses are instinctive, rather than learnt. Furthermore, studies have shown there is a casual link between music training and spatial reasoning in your children (Rahscher et al. 1993,1997). Researchers believe that early musical experiences intensify the development of neuronal synapses, thereby enhancing a child’s ability to think, learn, reason and create (with the caveat that the child must be fully engaged to benefit). Portland Language Arts includes music (singing, dancing, clapping), as part of the daily routine. In addition we have a dedicated Music Together® Class that is designed to develop a child’s music aptitude using a methodology that engages the whole child.
Our weekly Music Together classes include an artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, fingerplays, and movement activities. The combination and types of activities are research-based and support children’s developing competence in tonality and rhythm. In addition, activities evolve from the child’s world and include vocal play, animal sounds, rhythm play, language play, and a good bit of genuine, silly fun. A registered Music Together teacher who is trained in music development and skilled in leading participatory music activity, teaches the class. Children “bring the music home” to their parents through the family CD and songbook. At PLA we believe that all children are all musical. Therefore, all children can achieve basic music competency, the ability to sing in tune, and move with accurate rhythm.
Rauscher, F.H., L.S. Shaw, L.J. Levine, E.L. Wright, W.R. Dennis, and R.L. Newcomb (1997). "Music Training Causes Long-term Enhancement or Preschool Children's Spatial-temporal Reasoning." Neurological Research, 19 (February, 1997).