5 Ways to Include Music in Your Summer Break!
Start using music for transitions! Some kids struggle with the lack of structure in the summertime, so adding music during difficult transitions can provide some much needed structure and motivate them at the same time. For example, when moving from home to the car, play a two to three minute song that’s familiar to your child, and tell them that they have until the end of the song to be in the car and ready to go.
Learn an instrument! In addition to traditional and adaptive music lessons, we’re offering a “Music Explorers” class this summer for kids ages 5 to 8. Each week they’ll learn about and explore a new instrument.
Use music to teach important information! You can change the words to a familiar song, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,'“ “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” or even “Baby Shark,” to help your child learn their address, phone number, and other information they need to remember.
Use music as a motivator! Music provides structure, energy, and motivation. One song that I use in music therapy sessions when it’s time to clean up and move on to a new activity is Independent Music Award nominated Stephanie Leavell’s “Time to Clean Up” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEc5o4ZX2wM). Encourage your child to clean up until the end of the song, then move on.
Attend a music class! We offer an Early Childhood Music Class for parent and child called “Tiny Sounds” that’s accepting registrations through July 10th. We’re also offering Music Therapy Social Groups, a Girls Empowerment Group, a Music Explorers group, and a Young Adult Respite group this summer! We are also constantly forming new groups to meet the needs of our community.
I hope these tips are helpful for you and your family! At Healing Sounds, we are ready to engage your children in music this summer and beyond. You can register for any of our summer programs at healingsoundsrva.com/registration. We hope to see you soon!