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Let's talk repetition in the music classroom today!
True, right? Why is that? When new things are introduced, there is often a sense of wonder as their brains make sense of the new information.
Humans learn by experience, not by someone telling them ABOUT that thing. Why do we go on vacation to see something? Because seeing means something different - it means DOING, not really seeing. The act of seeing the Grand Canyon or the Giza Pyramids isn't the same as seeing it on TV. We can't smell the smells, taste the food, or feel the sun on our face or the wind in our hair. It isn't an authentic experience without action. Hearing about a good isn't the same as reading it ourselves. The experience is deeper.
As students repeat an activity, they process again and again and move from experiencing to anticipating, from understanding basic musical concepts to exploring the activity to the fullest sense possible. They discover their own musicality as they imitate and eventually create new songs.
- Helps language development.
- Ensures emotional comfort (predictability).
- Assists in concept attainment as they learn something new each time.
- Feeling of mastery improves self-confidence.
Check out this post about the power of repetition.
Play is equally important for young children and as music teachers we know about its value in our classrooms.
- Improves children's abilities to plan and organize.
- Assists in children's emotional regulation and helps them get along with others.
- Helps with language, math and social skills.
- Helps children cope with stress.
Mister Rogers perhaps put it best:
Check out this post for more about the Power of Play.
Here is a video from me about Repetition and Play in the music classroom.