Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
why include music therapy?
- Physical impairments (e.g. balance, gait, coordination, weakness, motor planning problems) caused by neurological injury, degenerative conditions, developmental delay
- Communication impairments (e.g. speech, language or voice problems, stuttering, respiratory dysfunction) resulting from neurological damage, neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental delay, intellectual disability
- Cognitive impairments (e.g. memory, attention, executive function) due to dementia, brain injury, intellectual disability, neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental delay
- Grief and loss (e.g. bereavement, adjustment to disability, changes in identity) resulting from disability, neurological damage, brain injury, dementia, trauma
- Pain management (e.g. cancer treatment, chronic pain conditions, burns debridement, physical rehabilitation) resulting from life limiting illness, disability, injury
“Thinking and learning are anchored by movement.”*
Here are a few of the ways we move in Kindermusik that help our Kindermusik kids be ready – ready for school, ready to read, ready for music lessons, and ready to succeed in life!
- Expressive movement: Whether it’s dancing in Daddy’s arms as a baby or learning the steps of a minuet as a big kid, dancing is an important part of self-expression and developing creativity.
- Synchronized movement: Bouncing, clapping, stomping, or playing an instrument to a steady beat – first with and then later without Mum’s help.
- Fingerplays, songs, and chants: Moving little fingers, hands, and arms is a big part of how we learn through labeling and how fine motor skills – essential for holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, and playing the first notes on a piano – begin to develop.
- Group dances and circle songs: Simple choreography or moving together as a group provides vital social interactions that also facilitate a sense of community and belonging.
- Spatial exploration: Exploring the “where” and “how” of movement as it relates to one’s sense of self and relationship to personal and general space is a how the all-important skill of spatial awareness is developed.