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The influence of music on young children

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Musical stories

1. Who is Gebbe?

Gebbe is a frog that has the music inside him, although he is not aware of it. One day he is looking for something new. What he then finds, has everything to do with tone, sound, colour and feelings. Gebbe's experiences are musical and colourful. It is easy to connect them with situations in young children's daily life. How he finds that new toy you can read here.

The stories are very well fit to read at home. They also contain starting points for music lessons and musical therapy. Gebbe's feelings are allowed to be present. They are given colour and tone. How do you sound when you are happy, sad, angry, ... ?

Gebbes hopp

Djurens Dans 2. Animal Dance Djurens Dans

What is it: Music, movement, image and text are the four elements in this musical story.

It is a fantasy about a place where your children meet different animals. They can imitate them and dance their movements.

I play piano music that is composed by Walter Carroll. It is uncomplicated and suits most children, the very quiet ones as well as the very lively ones.

The game has a balancing effect. It offers structure and freedom. It gives you the parent, the teacher or anyone else who leads the game, a possibility to create a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

For whom: It is most suited to play with children aged 1 to 5.

Where: At home with your own child. It also works very well at school with the whole group.

How: You can play the music game Animal Dance here.

Why does this game work so well?

Music plays an important role in communication. Parents talk to their children in a musical way. Music is a natural element in communication. Music unites.

Every age has its own maturity and there is a big difference between children aged one and children aged five. For the youngest ones the emphasis lies on doing something together with music in this game. For the elder ones fantasy play is another part and the ability to start and end an activity on a sign.

The children are stimulated through different senses. In that way learning processes are facilitated, as people assimilate information in different ways. It is easy for all to join the game.

The music in this game is rhythmic, but doesn´t have a beat that prescribes the tempo. The children can form their movements in their own natural way. No two butterflies are exactly the same!

Joep plays Animal Dance

Joep leker Djurens Dans

Djurens Dans

Reaction of Joep's grandmother:

Looked at Animal Dance together with Joep (almost 3) and we did the movements to the pictures. Nice to do. The crawling of the snail, the jumping of the frog. He was very interested in the heron (first he thought it was a stork), the big steps it made while looking for the fish. Again and again he wanted to look at that scene. Therefore we played it many times. Good that you made that possible in the design of the dvd. The pianomusic made him play along on the table-leaf. It made him very happy.