Teaching children control and self-discipline through musical activities

| February 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Girl dancing

Activities that encourage your child to move or stop in response to a cue help your little one develop inhibitory control. The ability to control one’s body movements is an important first step toward developing self-discipline and coordination.

A very easy and fun way to do this is to turn on a recording and dance with your little one to a favourite song. Press pause and stop dancing. You can also give a vocal cue: “Aaaaand STOP!” Turn the recording on again and move to the music. Your little one will be giggling while you help them learn to control their movements. Turn up the music and have some fun!

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Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. Mary Lou Hulan says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information here!
    It’s great to see short tips on how to turn learning into fun, and fun into learning!

  2. Kamerine Gardam says:

    Oh man, my little guy just learned “hop, hop, stop!” at preschool and loves it!

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