Early Years Performing Arts

Children across our Early Years setting (from our eighteen-month old Cubs to our four year old Reception children) united last week to produce a delightful Early Years Spring Concert.

Mrs Liu (Head of Lower School Music) led the playing of a range of musical instruments alongside class songs co-ordinated by our class teachers. Thanks to the help and support of all staff involved, the Spring Concert was a huge success, with all the children having fun and loving music!

春意盎然的四月,幼儿园迎来了首场春季音乐会。从18个月大的小小班到4岁的大班,幼儿园的萌宝们一个个化身小小音乐家,为校园新添了无限的生机与乐趣。

Singing is a natural language for children, providing a playful and emotionally satisfying context for building relationships. Every day, we observe the children singing and sharing songs together. 

We proposed to the children that they might like to perform a song or a dance for their parents to enjoy. This became a collaboration of all the Early Years children’s ideas and formed the Early Years Spring Concert. The children chose songs that they felt that their parents would enjoy and considered the costumes and what they should wear. They have been supported by their class teachers who listen carefully to them and have helped to make the children’s ideas a reality. 

唱歌是孩子天然的语言,在收获快乐的同时又释放了天性。每天,幼儿园的教室里都会传出阵阵欢乐的歌声,孩子们舞动着小手沉浸在音乐之中。在本次春季音乐会中,我们充分尊重了孩子的意愿与主见。他们可以选择要表演的歌曲、穿自己想穿的衣服,班主任则以支持者与协助者的身份,守护孩子们的小小心愿。

Playing musical instruments is not easy, especially for children so young! Undeterred, our youngest Harrovians have worked very hard for the past few months and Mrs Liu is very proud what they have learned.  Our fabulous children have enjoyed singing, dancing, handbells, xylophones, resonator bells, rhythm sticks, floor drums and a variety of other musical performances. 

对于这么小的孩子而言,表演乐器并不容易!但我们的孩子们不畏惧舞台,与音乐老师Mrs Liu一起,努力排练了几个月,最终为大家献上了唱歌、跳舞、手铃、木琴、铃铛、落地鼓…等精彩表演。

Our Early Years children enjoyed a marvellous picnic with their teddy bears brought in from home. Our entire Early Years corridor was adorned with picnic mats, delicious snacks, and children enjoying this special time together. A huge thank you to our Parent Representatives for organising the food for each class and indeed for the contributions made by all individuals; these were thoughtful, enhanced the event and clearly a lot of effort was put into this. Thank you to all our Early Years parents for your support in making this event such as success! 

除了春季音乐会,幼儿园的小朋友们带上了最喜爱的毛绒玩具熊和美味小食,与老师同学们围坐在一起,享受了一场有趣的野餐会!感谢所有家长们对于本次活动的大力支持!

Why is music important for young children: 

音乐对于幼儿教育的重要性不言而喻。在音乐学习中,孩子们可以:

Improve Fine Motor Skills And Coordination 提高精细运动技能和协调能力

Learning how to play an instrument involves improving hand-to-eye coordination, ear-to-hand coordination, and the fine motor skills.

在学习乐器演奏的过程中孩子们可以改善手眼协调、耳手协调能力并培养精细运动技能。

Improve Language Development 提高语言技能

Science has shown that learning music requires the same parts of the brain involved in learning language.

科学研究表明,学习音乐需要运用大脑中与学习语言相关的部分。

Improve Focus And Memory 提高专注力与记忆力

Working one’s way through even the simplest of piano études is an exercise in focus, hand/eye coordination, and both physical and mental recall. 

即使是最简单的钢琴练习,也能帮助小朋友集中注意力、锻炼记忆力。

Improve Fundamental Math Skills 提高基础数学技能

For the uninitiated, the little black dots rising and falling upon a scale seem to bear no relation to keys on a piano or chords on a guitar. But to a child who can read music, those dots deliver rich amounts of information about what keys to press on a trumpet or strings to pass the bow across on a cello. In math terms, this is called pattern recognition.

对于外行人来说,乐谱上上下跳动的音符似乎与钢琴琴键或吉他和弦毫无关系。但对于一个会识谱的孩子来说,乐谱传递了大量的信息,这与数学中的模式学习相差无几。

Improve Discipline And Teamwork 提高自律与团队协作能力

The value of hard work is a lesson that a child has to experience on her own. A schedule of daily music practice is an honest discipline that will show your child that hard work leads to true benefits. 

在每日的音乐学习中,孩子们向着同一目标努力,不断提高团队协作能力。

Improve Self-Confidence And Self-Esteem 提高自信与自尊

When a skill builds incrementally, at a speed that is directly related to the amount of work put into it, a child will soon see benefits from his labours. It’s empowering for a child to realise that the extent of his own achievement lies squarely in his own hands.

音乐技能的掌握与投入的努力直接相关,从中,孩子可以认知到努力的价值与意义。