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The ‘Music is Fun’ initiative of Furtados school of Music is a leader in music education for children and teachers equally. This is a beautifully designed program through which we aim to cultivate the love for music and the ability to express it among children. We have brilliantly designed modules which include songs sung in class, age appropriate instruments and a portal for parents as well.
Parents can login on the portal to help reinforce the lessons for their children and involve the entire family in the fun.
And not just this, but to make music teaching an effective process we train teachers on how to guide toddlers and children in developing love for music. We assist our teachers to how to use the Music is Fun curriculum to support the learning process.
As of today, all over India, there are hundreds of schools who have introduced the Music is fun program as part of their curriculum.
For further information about how you can extend the benefits of music and movement to children in your area, contact us.
Benefits of Early Childhood Music for Your School (school)
Research has shown time and again that learning to play any musical instrument since childhood can help with a lot of aspects which are important for children from brain development and growth perspective.
Learning to play an instrument includes improving hand-to-eye coordination, ear-to-hand coordination.
Learning music involves the same part of brain which is involved in learning languages. Engagement in music lessons since childhood fine tunes the web of circuits that are vital to the sound processing and comprehension. And this goes to prove that children who are proficient in verbal communication tend to have an advantage in both educational and social settings.
Learning music also improves memory and focus along with sharpening the basic math skills.
Music brings joy in a child’s life, it is that one source which can be responsible for immense pleasure and happiness and at a very young age children have a very keen sense towards music. Sharpening that sense can really help any child with the road ahead.
Young Performers Certificate -
We run quite a lot of music related initiatives for children, and one such initiative is the Young Performers Certificate (YPC).
The YPC program is a certification provided by Trinity College London, designed to develop confidence and group interaction skills for children up to the age of 7. Groups of 6 to 12 children can enter for these awards. The groups can enact a Story; nursery rhyme; poem; myth or fairy story; song; musical work.
An examiner from Trinity College London will be evaluating these performances and to encourage participation, they will be awarded certificates that are available at 3 levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Depending on the entry criteria children will be given one of these certificates.
Importance of Music education since childhood – From a Neuroscience perspective
“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception” -- Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein’s love for music is a known story. And his admittance that it was music that sparked his greatest works in the field of science is a testimony to the ever growing knowledge that - music is one of the biggest stimulants in human beings.
There has been significant growth in the amount of research that is being conducted by neuroscientists with regards to the correlation between music and brain development. In a nutshell any and every research conducted by scientists’ shows that music is indeed very beneficial in the development of brain. And as we become aware of the fact that music can only do good to our brains then the more we need to start questioning, “Why isn’t music an integral part of us since childhood”?
John Iversen a neuroscientist with University of California, San Diego, who has dedicated himself to the study of music, language and the brain to understand how we perceive rhythm. He is studying ways through which this musical rhythm can be used in medicine.
During one of the most interesting speech given by Iversen in a Tedx Talk, Iversen says, “music is a good exercise for the brain particularly for kids, there’s a lot of research, growing research showing that music can improve math skills, reading, even school attendance and confidence.”
This causal connection between music study and cognitive growth is what most of the neuroscientist are trying to understand. Research shows that learning to play an instrument from an early age causes changes in a child’s brain which will most likely enable a child to reach his/her full cognitive and academic potential.
And this theory is not just limited to playing an instrument but also music related activities like singing or just listening to music stimulates an entire network of brain areas, each area interacting with the other which contributes towards enjoyment and understanding of the music.
So rather than questioning anymore why not take that step towards giving this theory a try and introducing your child to the world of music.