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Musical Inspiration for Kids in Winchester: Featuring Joyful Music and Music Together

By Kristen Bosse

Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing their solos in the shower, he or she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. The idea is that participating in musical activities enhances skills inevitably used in other areas of education as well. A child learning through music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.

Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner theorized that humans have several different types of intelligences- logical (mathematical), linguistic, and interpersonal. He believes that music intelligence is equal in importance to all of them. Researchers have found connections between music making and the inner workings of the human brain. The research itself linked active music making to a higher language and math ability, and improvements in school grades. It is for this reason that making music is the cornerstone of early childhood education. Encouraging your child to participate in song and rhyme will not only help to hone their math and language skills, but allow them to have fun while doing it!

Recently named the "Best Early Childhood Music Program in Winchester" by the Family Action Network, Joyful Music featuring Music Together is by far one of the best places in Greater Boston for your child to engage in non-formal, fun musical activities. Parents can join their children in the classroom to both enjoy songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance oriented setting.

The classes themselves create a community of music makers, allowing kids to move freely around the room and play with rhythm instruments like egg shakers, drums, triangles, etc. This allows them to explore music and rhythm with their voice and body. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers all participate in the same classroom, permitting siblings to play together with both of their parents.

Ken Guilmartin, Creater of Music Together, often compares music to language, claiming that the earlier we are exposed the more proficient we become.
"Just as we are all born with the potential to speak our native language, we are all born with enough music ability to learn to sing in tune and move in time, as long as parents and other primary caregivers provide an adequate music environment during early childhood. Of course, not everyone will emerge as a musical virtuoso, but we also don't expect every child learning to talk to become a famous actor. But, all children can certainly learn to carry a tune and comfortably participate in music activities throughout their lives."

So what can you expect from your first class? Joyful Music uses multicultural songs, rhythmic chants and rhymes, and songs without words during their classes. Each session has about 6-12 students, with parents, grandparents, or caretakers in attendance as well. The age of these students ranges from birth to five years old. Placing children of all ages in the same place is done strategically to allow each child to move at their own pace, and for the young ones to learn from the older children. Help your child get a jump start on their creativity, social, and discipline skills by signing up for a class today!

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