Shhh! What do you hear? Turn on your listening ears and you will hear many things in a Kindermusik class on any given day: the sound of a dog barking, the rain dripping on a tin roof, or the quiet, low “thump-thump” of your very own heart beat. But why is listening so important for a child?
The infant listens and learns to recognize the sweet sound of his mother’s voice early on. The toddler listens and learns to imitate and speak his language. The preschooler listens, and learns to follow instructions. As they listen, and listen, they learn, and grow, and their world expands.
Active listening differs from simple hearing in that we must choose it as an intentional act. We are surrounded by a cacophony of noise in our world, and we must choose whether or not to listen and process the sounds we hear. Active listening opportunities like those provided in Kindermusik allow children the opportunity to learn to listen intentionally. So turn on your listening ears! You might be surprised what you will hear!
Compiled by Theresa Case, whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.