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Provide a range of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences

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Identify and provide a wide range of music experiences for children that may be used to enhance children’s development

The possibilities of music

four children singing

Becoming ‘musical’

Activity 1

Time for a little self reflection. What are your first memories of music? Do you remember being sung to as a child? Was your house full of music or devoid of it? What about your experience of music at school or pre-school/child care? Was music something you eagerly anticipated or dreaded? How have these early experiences influenced your feelings about music today? Is music a part of your life? If you are already working with children is it an integral component of the experiences and provisions you provide? Why? Why not?

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Singing and language development

drawing of a star

...like a diamond in the sky

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Twinkle, twinkle little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky,

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are.

Music and physical development
Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination

Music activities can contribute to the development of fine motor skills including eye-hand coordination and hand-hand coordination. List five (5) music experiences that might develop fine motor skills.

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