According to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, music is part of teaching children expressive arts and design and one of the main areas of learning: Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.
Music also teaches children how to identify and express their emotions. They learn about the moods of music and for example, rhythms that are uplifting, rhythms that are angry and others that are melancholic.
Musical arrangements and the juxtaposition of instruments are the equivalent of colors and textures on a canvas. Music aids in expressiveness and artistic creativity, as stated in the EYFS statutory framework.
Long before they can appreciate and recognize a guitar riff, children can listen to music from around the world and in doing so, learn about its many cultures. After all, isn’t music one of the distinguishing cultural facets of every nation around the world?
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