These gorgeous children started their music sessions with me when they were 5 months old, their parents brought them to every single class (based on the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory) since when they were curious and happy, little babies.
During these years, these parents have discovered a different way to interact, relax and play with their children, through sounds, rhythms and music. You should hear how they sing during the sessions!
Their children are growing fast and soon they will enter in the music room just with their friends – they will turn 3 soon – so right now we are working on their autonomy and independence, to facilitate this change.
Our classes follow in fact the musical and cognitive development of the children; every session is planned based on their needs, to stimulate not only their musical skills but also their general growth.
Parents are fundamental for us during this process so it’s really important to have them on board during the sessions, enjoying the music activities as much as their children.
WHY PARENTS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT DURING MUSIC CLASSES For BABIES?
They are their children’s reference so everything they do is an example for their children:
Everything a parent feels during the class affects their child. If a parent is anxious or doesn’t feel comfortable during the session, this will probably influence their child similarly. If a mum or dad is relaxed, then the baby will feel relaxed too 🙂
When parents sing or move to rhythms, they are showing their child how to enjoy music; they’re basically saying “It’s fine, we can sing, dance and move in this space”. This will help their child to feel comfortable, safe and enjoy the session.
In our classes, we ask parents to accompany our songs with easy ostinatos (repetitive notes or patterns): in this way children will be surrounded by richer music (called polyphony) that will support children’s musical development.
Playing and singing together with other parents is also an amazing example for children to collaborate and work as a team.
Man mano che i bambini crescono, anche le nostre sessioni musicali cambiano!
Questi stupendi bambini hanno iniziato le loro sessioni musicali con me quando avevano solo cinque mesi, i loro genitori li hanno accompagnati ad ogni singolo incontro (basata sulla Music Learning Theory di Gordon) sin da quando erano dei curiosi piccolissimi
Durante gli anni, questi genitori hanno scoperto un modo diverso di interagire, rilassarsi e giocare con i loro figli, attraverso suoni, ritmi e musica. Dovreste sentire come cantando durante le sessioni!
I bambini stanno crescendo rapidamente e presto entreranno nella stanza della musica solo con i loro amici, senza i genitori – avranno quasi tre anni in Settembre – e ora stiamo lavorando sulla loro autonomia e indipendenza, per facilitare questo passaggio.
Le nostre lezioni seguono infatti lo sviluppo musicale e cognitivo dei bambini; ogni sessione è pianificata in base alle loro esigenze, per stimolare non solo le loro abilità musicali ma anche la loro crescita generale.
I genitori sono fondamentali per noi durante questo processo, quindi è molto importante per noi che siano coinvolti durante gli incontri, godendosi le attività musicali tanto quanto i loro bambini.
PERCHÉ I GENITORI SONO DAVVERO IMPORTANTI DURANTE LE CLASSI DI MUSICA PER I BAMBINI?
Sono i riferimenti dei loro figli, quindi tutto ciò che fanno è un esempio per i loro bambini:
Tutto ciò che i genitori sentono durante la lezione condiziona i loro bambini. Se un genitore è ansioso o non si sente a suo agio durante la sessione, probabilmente influenzerà suo figlio in modo simile. Se una mamma o un papà sono rilassati, allora anche il bambino si sentirà rilassato.
Quando i genitori cantano, tengono il tempo o rispondono in maniera musicale, stanno mostrando al loro bambino come godersi la musica; stanno praticamente dicendo: “È tutto ok, possiamo cantare, ballare e muoverci in questo spazio”. Ciò aiuterà il loro bambino a sentirsi a proprio agio, sicuro e a godersi la sessione.
Nei nostri corsi, chiediamo ai genitori di accompagnare i brani con facili ostinati (note o pattern ripetuti): in questo modo i bambini saranno circondati da musica più ricca (chiamata polifonia) che supporterà lo sviluppo musicale dei bambini.
Giocare e cantare insieme ad altri genitori è anche un meraviglioso esempio di collaborazione e lavorare di squadra.
After her group lesson based on the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, when everyone was getting ready to go home, Hatty (3yo) was strumming the ukulele and composing this song by herself. She then came over to me and asked me to accompany her on the uke. Her mum and me had so much fun listening to her little concert that we decided to take a video and share it because we loved all the improvisations that Hatty was doing throughout the song! She’s changing the rhythms and the words, always checking the uke part, keep listening to the music. I also love her way of moving.
Thanks to her mum Morgan for allowing me to use the video! Well done Hatty!
Get ready for “PAM PAM concerts” for families, the only concert in London inspired by the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT).
No stage or chairs: children and parents in the centre of the space, comfortably seated or lying, embraced by the sound of the musicians around them. An experience of direct contact with the music, for children aged 0 to 2.
What are PAM PAM CONCERTS?
Short melodic and rhythmic songs without words that are designed for the musical development of children. PAM PAM – CONCERT hosts musicians who sing and perform pieces from classical and traditional repertoire as well as original songs composed under the principles of the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory! The musicians interact with the children and their families to create a magical space for listening and learning.
With Valeria Pozzo (violin, charrango, voice), Tiziana Pozzo (piano, ukulele, percussions, voice), Joe Steel (saxophone), Sam West (guitar and voice), Stefano Padoan (piano and voice).
When| Saturday 29th of June • 3.00pm – 3.45pm ~ children between 0 and 2 years old • 4.15pm – 5.00pm ~ children between 0 and 2 years old
Where | Christ Church Highbury, 155 Highbury Grove – N5 1SA London (smaller room)
Cost | Payment in advance
Children free (up to 2 per adult) • £ 13 ~ 1 adult • £ 20 ~ 2 adults
Bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiziana Pozzo / sort code 20-41-50 / account number 63036715
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Today we’d love to talk about one of the ways in which we get more in touch with our students’ musical learning progress: the observation of their motor responses to music.
Some of the easiest reactions to notice are the little legs (or little hands) moving to the beat. Finding ourselves moving when we listen to music happens to all of us, most of the time unconsciously. Rhythm, although, is something that gets stable later in the age (if properly supported).
So, how should we consider these little movements showed by the children during the sessions? We should remember that children’s body movement is in resonance with what they’re listening to, namely the music that surrounds them.
We can say that music moves the child even before the child knows it.
Children move unconsciously, in a space that is specially created for their freedom to experiment.
Furthermore, during the sessions, we can often observe children swaying with their whole bodies to the beat, shifting the weight from one leg to another, most of the time accordingly to the tempo and the speed of the music. Their centre of gravity is perfectly linked to the ground.
What else can we observe? Children move, run, jump. They fall. We can pay attention and notice exactly when that happens. We will then see that children fall on the musical cadences; at the end of the musical phrases; or at the end of the songs, meaning that they are constantly listening and following the music (even if they’re not looking at us).
Now is the moment to ask you… have you ever observed your students’ movement? Have you ever paid attention to these details? By doing it, you will be able to evaluate children’s rhythm development in a very natural way.
Why don’t you try to catch their motor responses in your next sessions and share with us your discoveries? You can describe them here in the comments or use the hashtag #firststepsinmusicon Instagram (remember to tag @Gordon UK so it will be easier for us to find you).
In a non-verbal context such as a music lesson that follows the Gordon’s MLT principles, body language becomes very important. Every glance, small movement or smile becomes a way of communicating with the children.
As we sing the songs, we observe the children and their parents, trying to capture their mood and their needs. Children aged between 0 to 3 cannot yet verbalise how they feel but through the body language, they express their entire world. They can tell us if they’re happy; if they feel good in the group; if they need more time to feel free to explore the space; if they are not yet ready to imitate our musical productions.
Everything is written in their expressions, in their way of moving and interacting.
Eventually, when they feel welcomed, they are ready to share and play with the sounds, without fear of experimenting, in a totally non-judgmental environment.E
Right there, at that moment, when the necessary trust between the educator and the child has been created, the most important learning window of the human being’s life opens up. That is the space for us as educators to enter and step by step share our experience, sometimes on tiptoes, sometimes jumping!