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Monday, June 1, 2020

Music Fun in Quarantine!!!

    Who doesn't love music? No one. Music comes in different styles, genres and for different age levels. Music was my most loved past time growing up.  It provokes strong emotion and lifts us up. It changes any atmosphere at any giving time. Music has the ability to bring 1000s of people together at concerts. It also has the power to speak out against social injustice.  Music can express love, joy, hurt, and pain. It can also be therapeutic in nature or a dose of reality. It is timeless because, it never gets old. Music changes the tone in my classroom by bringing joy and laughter to my students. Here are some reasons why you should incorporate music and movement during quarantine.

 Movement:  Music gets you moving. Get some much needed exercise in with your kids while on lockdown. Movement improves heart health. While on quarantine, I have been sitting down too much.  One site my daughter loves to go to for music and movement is GoNoodle. It is fun and has many different options.

Brain: Music and movement regulate neurological functions. Music stimulates the brain and prepares it to store meaningful moments in the long term memory. Quarantine does not mean the party stops in our home.  You can even shoot a video of your self and send to family. You can also do a Zoom music party with extended family members in real time. How exciting is that?

Mood: Music and movement can promote a better mood. Movement and laughter releases endorphins in the brain.  These feel-good chemicals increases energy and boost concentration. Our mental health matters at all times. I refuse to let this quarantine change the atmosphere in my home or get us down.  We can live in the moment and be happy for absolutely no reason.

Play:  Your child will look at music and movement as play. Children love to play and they love when you change it up. You can also use different genres of music. You can also listen to music in a different language.

Learning Concepts:  Because, music and movement helps the body to release endorphins. The endorphins in turn increases energy and concentration. It's the perfect combination for keeping your child's attention in learning. Also GoNoodle has music and movement with learning concepts embedded in the songs. Let's Play Music has 150+ songs for young children to sing and dance to.

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