Music & Movement

Our fun interactive music and movement group is designed to help children regulate their emotions, develop self control and make better behaviour choices. Emotion regulation also fosters increased social skills and increased cognitive development.

Evidence shows that fun activities and games that support problem solving, motor skills, attention, memory  can be effective in achieving self-regulation skills and our groups are designed to do just that. We also incorporate self-awareness exercises, mindfulness and calming techniques to support children to develop the complex skill of self-regulation.

The facts

Literature reviews highlight the importance of self-regulation in early childhood as an important predictor of school academic achievement. When a child is able to self regulate their emotions, this allows for thinking, attention and control of their actions ~ enhancing their ability to learn. Self regulation also increases social skills and the ability to relate to their peers, decreased behaviour issues  (ref). The Growing up in Australia, longitudinal study of Australian children, reported that in Australia, 30% of children enter school with self-regulation difficulties, therefore highlighting the importance of early development of this critical skill (The Australian Government, 2019).

Children who participate in shared musical activities at age 3 are at age 5, better prepared for school experiences (Barrett et al, 2018).

Reference: Barrett, M., Flynn, L.M., & Welsh, G. (2018). Music value and participation: An Australian case study of music provision and support in Early Childhood Education.  Research Studies in Music Education,  June ed. 

Being and becoming musical: Toward a cultural ecological model of early musical development (Barrett & Welch 2013–2015).