The Advantages of Music and Movement In La Jolla Montessori Preschool Classrooms
The Californer/10202012

Combining Arts and Academics Refines a Child's Skill in Both

SAN DIEGO - Californer -- At a Montessori Preschool in San Diego, all children enrolled at this preschool are given individual attention by their teachers and staff in an effort to assess their skill sets and talent. The dual advantages of music and movement along with bilingualism work together to build an integrated academic, social, emotional and cultural curriculum that helps children grow.

"Music and movement are non-verbal—but universal—languages" shares Kelly McFarland, M.Ed, Director of La Jolla Montessori school.

Math is a universal language. It develops an understanding of things through logical thinking, yet it uses non-verbal symbols to illustrate that thinking.

Music is another universal language. From the earliest days of civilization, the sounds of percussion, drums and rhythm have been at the heart of man's soul.

"When musical notes are placed on paper, their textures of sound need no words—only creative interpretation. When adding movement as that creative expression, we realize that sensorial learning—like hearing music and moving to it—shapes a universal understanding of how to create a powerful and non-verbal statement," says McFarland.

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At this bilingual preschool, they show families how combining music and movement builds the brain's neural pathways, cognitive abilities and sensorial learning skills. Children as young as 18 months old are taught simple songs about geography and culture in both English and Spanish to further define the child's understanding of the world and his or her place in it. Thus, as they listen to music and sing, they begin to dance and move their bodies.

As families and their children listen to, sing or perform music together, the effect can be quite profound. The consistent approach La Jolla Montessori school takes toward intersecting the advantages of music and movement lead to a happy and confident child. These artistic expressions help build each child's understanding of self—who I am, what I love, how I can express myself, and how practice will lead to lifelong mastery.

La Jolla Montessori School, an English and Spanish dual immersion school for children ages 18 months through six years old. For an opportunity to add your child to their waiting list, visit their website:

Robert A Gavin

Source: La Jolla Montessori School
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