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BLOG: How can you harness the full power of music practice in your setting?

We know that childcare practitioners will already be aware of some of the benefits that regular music practise can offer in early years.

You may visit music groups in your local community (pre-COVID, that is) and sing traditional children’s songs during your day, thinking that you have music covered. But you may not be harnessing the full potential of music for early years development.

The full potential of regular music practice is massive, and we've found that many early years practitioners do not know this in depth. Research also indicates that:

  • Music making in early years settings has actually declined over the past 20 years.
  • Early years teachers no longer cover music as part of their training.
  • Practitioners have low confidence, knowledge and resources for leading effective music making.
  • Parents and practitioners are uninspired by the traditional early years nursery rhymes and songs.

Science provides evidence of the power of music

Scientific research demonstrates that, more than virtually any other activity, active music making, engages all of our senses, providing one of the richest learning environments there is, to boost early years brain development.

Neuroscience studies reveal that regular practice of music activities, to develop rhythmic and melodic awareness in early years, develops neural pathways that provide strong foundations for language, literacy and maths learning. And as a bonus, the same music practise develops social, emotional, physical and creative skills, while also providing a vehicle for learning about the world around us, increasing IQ and having lots of fun!

Making the most of music with Boogie Mites

Leading engaging EYFS activities at home is more important now than ever in the current climate, especially while community groups are not running. During the initial lockdown, Boogie Mites found that online sessions for parents at home works really well and due to this, they have launched a Boogie Mites Online Music Club for home educators, childminders and parents/carers who are keen to harness the full potential of creative music making for under 5’s.

To lead effective Early Years music making you don’t need any previous music qualifications, why not use Boogie Mites. We've spent twenty years writing creative songs and linked activities that incorporate exercises which are proven to support all areas of learning and boost brain development.

We use homemade props and instruments and many different genres of music, keeping the upbeat songs as interesting for adults as they are for children. Our affordable online music club holds sessions run by five music leaders. There are daily sessions and you’ll find something for every age group, making creative music time easy. Plus, you get to join in, boosting your own knowledge around music to support development - your music leading skills, your confidence and your resources.

The resources also support all asects of the EYFS, helping you to meet Ofsted requirements. If you’d like to know more about how music can support each of the 7 aspects of the EYFS, you can download The Boogie Mites Practitioners guide. It gives you everything you need to certify your daily music practise, and fulfil OSTED guidelines, for learning through play.

Want to join a growing online community of music makers? The first month is free! Then the monthly subscription is £10 per month.

Sign up now to trial during August while the Club has an exclusive summer schedule, provided by Boogie Mites founder, singer, song writer, Harriet Thomas.

Every month, you can join them for a different theme to centre your EYFS learning around. It’s super flexible - you can tune into the video workshops live or catch up at a time that suits you throughout the month.

Homemade childminder resources

All of the resources used in their music workshops are home-made, so you don’t need to spend money to get set up. The making of these ‘instruments’ is actually a big part of the experience. So, get the cardboard and plastic from your recycling bin and get crafting!

Tick all your EYFS boxes while you have fun. Themes covered include:

  • Action Songs
  • Around the World
  • In the Garden
  • Ourselves
  • On the Farm
  • At Sea
  • Recycling
  • The Weather
  • Fairy Tales

You can listen to the songs from each theme on their YouTube channel.

When you sign up, you’ll collect the song MP3’s, instruction videos (on the YouTube playlist mentioned) and notes for leading the activities, every month, as they change. You can revisit your favourites using these collectable resources any time, and you’ll know exactly what to do from the Boogie Mites leader you’ve watched before!

What do users think?

Online Music Club founding member Zoe Newsom:

Almost a year ago, I gave birth to my little girl. I’m a parent but I’m also a speech and language therapist and so I know that one of the early key skills to develop is joint attention and I have found singing, signing, rhythm and instruments to be a unique and amazing way to initiate this skill.  Developing this is so vital in supporting communication and I have found Boogie Mites sessions to be particularly brilliant at this.

The use of props, animals, noises and repetition keeps my now 11 month old completely engrossed and she loves using anything she can to shake, bang or clap. Repetition helps promote learning but also anticipation and it is so fun to see her learning the songs, getting excited as they come on and joining in with more of the actions. Boogie Mites classes have been priceless in providing ideas and music for us to use throughout our day.

If you’d like to find out more about the club, you can visit the Boogie Mites Instagram, where you’ll find clips from the songs and the workshops and video introductions from the music leaders.

To sign up and take advantage of the trial with the first month free you can subscribe via the Boogie Mites website shop. You can unsubscribe anytime.

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