There are many choices for music activities that preschoolers and older children participate in. Parents sometimes forget that infants need music in their daily activities. Music has several benefits for infants who are introduced to songs, finger plays with songs, and even just listening to the radio by using a station that plays jazz, classical, and soft rock. Holiday music is also a great choice when introducing music into your infant's life.
Infants who hear music learn to respond to pleasant sounds in their environment. Music is a positive stimulus for infants, and can get them moving when you expose them to clapping, snapping your fingers, and holding them while dancing around the room. Singing with your infant also stimulates language development. Infants will observe your mouth when you are singing to them. Older infants will begin to copy your mouth movements as they progress in their development. Introducing your infant to a variety of music is also a springboard to developing skills in distinguishing and classifying. As you introduce your infant to a variety of rhythms in music, they will learn to move in a variety of ways. Infants who are encouraged to move their arms and legs to music learn that their body is a tool to be used.
The Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai is currently taking registration for its spring session of Allisongs for Tots Music Together classes. Parents with infants and preschoolers through age 4 will have a great opportunity to introduce their infants to music by participating with the entire family. Your 10-week session will include 2 CD's, a songbook, and a music DVD so that you will have a starting point at home for your infant's introduction to music. The Gan Preschool is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rode in Sarasota. Interested parents may call 926-9462 for registration information. Information about Allisongs for Tots Music Together may ba accessed by logging onto Allisongsfortots.com.