Music Therapy

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.
* Dr. Carla Hannaford, Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head

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