Music & Movement @ RUSH 2The DEN
Music & Movement
Children naturally love music!
Whether it’s soft and soothing or a lively tune, children feel it both physically and emotionally.
Throughout the early years, children are learning to do new things with their bodies. Young children are also
learning that movement can communicate messages and represent actions. Young children are able to
perform and recognise pantomimed actions such as ironing, stirring, swimming, or playing the piano.
Most children usually are quite at home with movement. They begin to learn about the world by acting on
objects and people, and they “think with their bodies” well before they think with words. This is why body
movement is not only fun for children but also a good opportunity for them to solve problems. When you ask
questions that call for verbal responses (“Can you think of some other ways that Pooh could get up to the
honey tree?” or “What did we do to make applesauce yesterday?”), some children may have difficulty
responding in words. But when questions call for movement (“What are some ways you can think of to get
from one side of the mat to the other?”), children aren’t limited by their verbal abilities. Movement problems
challenge children in different ways and help teachers/parents learn about the problem solving and creative
abilities of less verbal children.
Singing or chanting can help make routine activities and transitions, such as gathering children into a circle or
group activity, smoother and more enjoyable.
Music can also help to set a mood. Quiet, soothing music calms and relaxes children, while a lively marching tune rouses them for energetic clean‐up time.
Music and movement are also social activities that help children feel part of the group.
Music and movement benefit a child’s development in many ways which include:
1. Participating in a group
2. Social skills
3. Express emotions
4. Enhance self‐concept by sharing music and dance of each other’s culture
5. Refine listening skills‐noticing changes in tempo or pitch
6. Awareness of movement and body positions
7. Creativity and imagination
8. Learn new words and concepts
9. Explore cause and effect
10. Develop large motor skills
11. Improve balance, coordination, and rhythm through dance and movement activities
12. Improve small motor skills‐learning finger plays and playing musical instruments.
RUSH 2THE DEN TOTS & ADULTS is a CIO charity. Registered Charity Number 1172562.