Music Therapy Classes at Baby Piano School
Music Therapy uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, or social challenges. You'll see first-hand the impact music can have on developing a child's potential and enhancing their health, wellness, and quality of life.
Music has always been a popular tool in child education and studies conclude that music yields positive results in children as a therapeutic aid during their development. This is because music affects the overall development of children on physical, intellectual, and emotional levels, and can be leveraged in limitless ways to guide the growth and blossoming of your young ones.
For some of the participants, music therapy groups are a chance to learn something musical: to play an instrument, to make the songs come to life, or to understand music more. The experience is often enhanced by the cooperative involvement of others, becoming an event that can give the feeling of being part of something. For others, they are a way to relax and just help guide their emotions.
To break it down, music therapy is a form of sensory stimulation that provokes conscious and subconscious reactions due to the captivating presence, emotiveness, and sense of security associated with it.
From a physical standpoint, music therapy classes have the ability to influence the respiratory system, heart rhythm, body posture, and mental images of the listener. Music therapy classes can contribute to a dramatic change in mood which affects the listener on an emotional level. Music has the power to arouse deeper emotions and can guide a child (or an adult) to feel more relaxed, calm, stimulated, or emotionally empty.
The right type of approach in music therapy classes can be leveraged to support better communication and socialization, and can be used to encourage:
*Receptiveness (active listening): development of attention, awakening of interest, modification of mood, achieving calmness, and release of energy.
*Group activities (singing, small instrumental ensembles): encourages a sense of community and belonging to the group, releases energy, and arouses interest.
*Independent learning (playing an instrument): contributes to self-discipline, gaining self-confidence through practice and success, achieving inner harmony, harmonizing relationships with others, and releasing energy.
For emotionally affected children such as those who have a tendency to withdraw, have aggressive behavior, children under pressure and autistic children, one of the biggest difficulties is their inability to communicate verbally Music therapy is able to surpass these issues and promote work with them as it can be completely non-verbal and conveys meaning through the emotiveness of tones and melodies. Gaston (1968) recommends music as non-verbal communication by pointing out that music is the most intimate type of non-verbal communication that humanity has intensively nurtured since its inception.
Music can be related to a type of universal language that one can communicate through instinctively based on the melodies and tones, and how those are perceived physically and emotionally. Nordoff and Robbins (1983) explain that music is able to break through barriers because there is no protection against sound penetration. Your body responds to music subconsciously and in turn your feelings are affected. In addition to having a positive effect on your whole body, music and instruments have a deep effect on a child’s physical and intellectual development.
*Music therapy through singing can accelerate the development of speech as song and speech are closely connected, stimulating the child to develop speech more easily.
*Playing instruments has positive effects from improving motor skills, coordination, self-confidence, self-esteem, to self-discipline.
*In a group setting, the rhythmic movement of music therapy classes improves the individual chain of movement, helping to integrate the child into a group and foster a sense of belonging.
*Improvisation (vocal, instrumental, and movement) stimulates creativity and imagination. Listening to music in music therapy classes develops emotional intelligence, evokes memories and associations, and can relax or lift the mood. For these reasons and so many more, Baby Piano recommends integrating music into your little one’s life from an early age. Even more so, if you are a parent of a child with special needs. Music Therapy Classes at Baby Piano tailor the Baby Piano Curriculum to your child's stage, need and goal in a fun-filled and engaging environment to nurture their curiosity, love, and learning of music. To find out more about our classes and offerings, visit us at babypiano.ca
Resources Music Therapy in Special Education (1983) by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins
Music in Therapy (1968) by E. Thayer Gaston