I am always thinking about how I can support parents in getting the most out of their little one's learning experiences.
You may already know that there are multiple learning styles, but if you don't, you do now.
First, let's start with the list:
Multiple Learning Styles
Now let's tie music and movement to these learning styles, and you will begin to see what kind of learner your child is and how to support them as they continue to grow and develop.
Visual: These children learn by observing and have a keen sense of their surroundings. They tend to come off as shy and reserved, which may sometimes be true, but they are indeed learning and soaking up their experience through observation. Often, parents will be surprised to find their child singing (knowing the words to the songs), dancing, expressing movements, and over all, acting out all they learn after they've had a chance to observe for a while.
Aural: Auditory and musical learners learn from sounds, tones, rhymes and rhythms around them. Music is a wonderful tool for developing memorization too. It's one of the ways I can remember every child's name when singing, "hello" to everyone.
Verbal: Children who are linguistic learners do best using words in both speech and writing, so in music class, they begin to explore with words through songs; thus developing their speech, language, and vocabulary.
Physical: If your child is a mover and a shaker, they are a kinesthetic learner. Don't expect them to sit still, because this is how they are learning. You'll see more participation during movement and hands-on activities, but don't worry if they need to move around during activities that, by nature, are more calm and focused. Your little mover is still learning. Best to give them some liberty to move around and explore, even if the rest of the class is participating together in a group.
Logical: There is a sense of order, understanding and organization to this learner's style. It's what is referred to as the "left brain." The great thing about music is it is mathematical by nature and lights up the entire brain, both right and left. The "right brain" is responsible for our creativity and imagination. So much is possible!
Social: This child thrives learning in groups or with other people. Music class is a great way for them to learn and hone in on their skills and also teaches positive social interaction and working toward a common goal.
Solitary: Working solo and self-learning works well for this learner. During a music class, at times, they may play independently. One of the best things about music is that it promotes focus and concentration, which the solo learner appreciates. Learners who have a harder time focusing and concentrating will benefit from music in this way.
SoOoo imagine a music class with all of these children! Spectacular!! I can relate to all of these learning styles, but I certainly have my dominant ones. If I were to pick, my top three are Aural, Physical, and Solitary.
Please share your child's and yours in the comment section below! I'd love to hear from you! Happy learning!
Peace, love, and music,