For babies we have selected hand-held instruments such as rhythm sticks and rattles which can lead your baby to discover cause and effect as she moves her arm while holding a rattle and it makes a sound. When she is holding a rhythm stick and you tap that stick with another, she feels the beat and hears it, creating a link between hearing and feeling.
Ad children grow they love to use instruments as a means of self-expression, and we make sure each child has a turn as well as creating opportunities for them to take turns in an ensemble setting. The primary benefit of simple musical instruments is for your child to catch the beat of the music and establish playing with a steady rhythm themselves. As they grow we introduce two and three part ensembles with different instruments to develop their ensemble skills.
In the older classes your child learns to play glockenspiels, chime bars, metallophones, and resonator bars; widening their instrumental repertoire in preparation for the skills needed to play the piano.
Many of these instruments help your child develop a sensitivity of touch, which is a crucial component of much instrumental playing. Along with this we are exploring volume and dynamics, both with the tuned instruments and with our drums.
Ultimately each child has the joy of developing individual instrumental skills, combined with the social and instructional components of playing in an ensemble. All wonderful preparations for educational achievement and lifetime success!