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CHCFC507A: Use music as a medium to enhance children’s experience and development

Welcome

photo of carer dancing in a ring with children

This unit is considered as a starting point for you to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in planning and sharing music and movement experiences with children. The emphasis is on selecting, practicing and using a range of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences. Introductory knowledge about the values of music, musical concepts and realistic developmental expectations should be explored.

On completion of this unit you will know how to:

  • Provide a range of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences

  • Support facilitate and extend children’s participation in music and movement

  • Plan and implement a range of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences.

Before you begin

Here are some digital stories produced by the Child and Family Studies at TAFE Illawarra Institute.

Digital stories

Movement experiences (.wmv 4MB)

Musical concepts (.wmv 8MB)

Using props at music time (.pdf 10MB)

Video

This short video clip makes a number of points about using music to enhance children’s expressive development.

carer sitting with children and singing

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Watch how some of the children are rocking backwards and forwards to the beat while others follow the carer’s actions.

Notice how some of the children do not participate at all. And others are a bit disruptive. This is typical – you will never get all the children singing in unison. Should you worry about this?

Notice how the carer has used a well-known tune and made up her own words, with a message. Can you do the same and add different movements?