Music – The Universal Language
Waffles and ice-cream, Nutella® and bread, socks and shoes, hide and seek, children and music – these are some elements of a child’s language!
Some believe that music is a universal language – the way that chords tug at our heartstrings and our tear ducts flow without words. Making time for music fosters feelings of joy, unleashes our creativity and often is a form of joy for social gatherings.
Music moves our bodies whether for exercise or relaxation.
MindChamps PreSchool @ Raffles Town Club hosted its first children’s Music Appreciation Workshop on Saturday, 17 of March. Close to 30 families attended the fun, rhythmic, music play-along.
Our special guests Christina Zhou and Chua Tung Khng (TK) were the stars of the day. They performed together and roused our little audience with songs like “A Whole New World”, “Remember Me” and other childhood favourites.
Christina also entertained the guests with her violin playing and got the whole room singing and participating together to the “Do Re Mi’ song.
Benefits of music appreciation
MindChamps @ Raffles Town Club believes that music brings a host of benefits to children.
Not only does it promote our children’s social activity, helps them form friendships and develops their listening skills, music also drives their creativity and passion for learning, as well as encourages family interaction and school community participation.
Taught in a fun and interactive way, the children learnt the different instruments that is commonly played in an orchestra, as well as those that belong to the four families – String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.
Getting to know the instruments allows children to understand the differences and the many varieties of musical instruments in the world.
Rhythm Gonna Get You
How slow can we clap? How fast can we clap? The children were all fascinated by the metronome and tried to follow to the beat of the rhythm. They learnt different pitches and the different notes, as well as an interesting way of using sign language to facilitate singing the “Do Re Mi” song.
Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and develop a child’s memory. Who among us learned the ABC’s without the ABC song? So, music and children are creating experiences that continue to aid them in their expressions and feelings.
What’s more, music is also designed to train a child’s listening skills.
Check out the music-making fun that took place during the workshop!
MindChamps PreSchool @ Raffles Town Club is a stone’s throw away from the Orchard, Newton, Tanglin and Bukit Timah districts. Check out their Reading & Writing programmes or: