Why Music & Movement Make a Great Combination

Do you ever wonder why...

your child can listen to the same song over and over and....over? While "Baby Shark" may be catchy, it has actually been shown that children are naturally engaged in the sounds and movements associated with music. In fact, it is very difficult for children not to move to the beat when they hear a song or an instrument being played. (Geist & Geist, 2008). 
 
Similarly, research suggests that movement can help with memory recall when paired with specific information. That is why songs with corresponding movements, like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Wheels on the Bus" are so fun and easy for children to learn.


 3 Tips to promote Music + Movement
1. Expose children to a wide variety of music
2. Give children musical toy instruments to play along to the beat
3. Teach children actions to popular songs or invite them to come up with their own!

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