Meter, rhythm, dynamic and tempo are the structural foundations of music and dance.
As children, we use our voice and other instruments to express feelings, but they also serve important learning functions – they teach us pattern, pulse, rhyme and structure, without the complication of language; they teach us the way humans bond and express emotion; they give us pleasure and encourage imagination and story-telling.
Through dance, students develop spatial awareness, become more sensitive and pay more attention to others sharing their space. Students can express their feelings with immediacy through dance and movement.
When creating music, students become much more engaged than when they just listen. Singing and using instruments boosts their creativity and can easily be done in groups to improve their social skills and help them bond with others.
Playing music, singing and dancing is extremely important for children’s self-expression. Children cannot always communicate their feelings through words, so it is useful for them to have a healthy outlet for their emotions.