SEGi’s final semester students had the opportunity to participate in a music workshop under The Learning Kingdom workshop series. The workshop was conducted by Ms Chong and Ms Samantha Tam, who focused on music and movement. They shared some interesting techniques to help SEGi’s future early childhood educators learn how to integrate music and movement into their lessons, increasing their skills in teaching, class management, and communication skills. It also creates a pool of talents to serve the education sector.
Various studies have shown that understanding a musical language helps a child’s overall intellectual development and that music can physically develop the left hemisphere of the human brain, which is known to be involved in the processing of language and reasoning. Involving some singing and movement activities creates a fun activity for children.
Music can not only help children relieve stress, but also helps them better manage their emotions by expressing them through language. It gives them the opportunity to express their emotions through the instruments they play, especially when trying to compose their own music. Music is often played in groups, which teaches teamwork, and all players work together in harmony. Participating in rehearsals and practice is also important to improve the show. Working towards a single goal helps improve social skills.
This was a very interesting and informative session for our Diploma in Early Childhood students.