MUSIC

Children are innately drawn to music.  Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the brain that help develop memory, math skills, and powers of abstract and creative thinking.  It touches all spheres of development - including language, self-expression, concentration, social interaction, listening, teamwork, and self-esteem.

Music is an important component in the development of the whole child.  In the preschool years, the children at MCHL attend Music class once a week, while in the kindergarten year the children attend Music class twice a week.

In the Music classes, children are provided a foundation in hearing steady beats, rhythm patterns, tonal patterns, movement, stories, and poetry.  They are given the opportunity to develop a love for all instruments, including their own voice.  The children sing songs as well as practice major and minor tonal patterns.  They listen to musical stories and move to these stories, telling the story with their bodies.  They experiment with different instruments, percussion and brass.  They listen to other band and orchestra instruments which helps them to learn and differentiate between all types of instruments.  They learn to sing in ensembles and rounds using original and traditional materials.

These early musical experiences help create a strong foundation in language development, memory, math skills, and further musical development.

Our Music teacher at MCHL brings her energy, creativity, and knowledge of early childhood development to each class, ensuring a fun and age-appropriate musical experience for our students.

"Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul."
- Jim Henson, television producer and puppeteer