About Little Nightingales Classes
It can take a while to get into the groove of music sessions, but over time, hearing the same songs and rhymes repeated often, you’ll be amazed by how your baby will respond to you with sounds, facial expressions and body movements. These are all a part of learning to communicate.
Here’s an overview of what happens in one of our sessions:
The repetition of these songs will make your child feel relaxed and comfortable, as well as helping them to learn about greetings i.e. saying hello and waving goodbye.
Bounce and tickle section
Knee bounce rhymes are a fun way for you to support your child’s developing body awareness and balance. They also encourage language development and bonding, ensuring that your child feels really secure. You will be able to help your child to feel the rhythm of the song and, as the name of this section suggests, the songs invariably include some tickling (and big smiles!)
At Little Nightingales, we like to use different rhythmic instruments in each session. Benjamin introduces our first instrument and demonstrates how to play it. We then practise different skills eg keeping a steady beat, playing up high and down low (pitch), playing quickly or slowly (tempo), playing loudly or quietly (dynamics) and so on. With the younger children and babies, this starts with us demonstrating how to do this. We then offer the instruments to the children. They will often put the instrument in their mouth, as they do with everything. That’s fine! The idea is that they learn from imitation, so if we show them what to do, eventually they will do it themselves.
Movement is intrinsically linked to music. We use this section to listen to a variety of musical styles and move to the music. Sometimes we might move the baby’s body parts of hold them in our arms as we move and dance so that they can feel the rhythm of the music. Older nightingales can move themselves in time to the music. We often incorporate props such as scarves, streamers and bubbles to provide babies and children with a multi-sensory experience (i.e. their sense of hearing and sense of sight.) These activities also show that music is participatory and fun which helps both musical and social development.
Action songs are important for your child’s development as they help them attach words and meanings to actions. Encourage your child to watch you as you say and do the actions.
After all this fun and stimulation during the session, we like to wind down with a lullaby. Sometimes it can be a soothing activity, involving rocking in time to the music, sometimes it includes lying under a large piece of material which is wafted in time to the music and sometimes there will be the ever popular bubbles.