Music teaches Head Start students to do more than sing

Bradford-Tioga Head Start students recently worked music into the classroom. Katie Place, a teacher in the Athens 1 classroom, transferred her love of music to her 3 and 4 year old students.

“There are daily musical activities in our classroom,” Place said. “Over the years, I have collected many instruments for the children to experiment with in the classroom. In addition to the purchased instruments, the children make their own. Parents are invited to help the children make the instruments. They are used in the classroom and then taken home to add musical experiences in the home.”

Through music, children gain listening skills, flexibility, impulse control, respect for self and respect for being a valuable part of a group. This type of learning also aligns with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards in the following curricular domains: Personal social development, language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, social studies, fine and gross motor skills and the arts. The children also are learning about different cultures through instruments, music and dance.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start Inc. is a program which offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of 5; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre-K Counts services.

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