How music and Musikgarten benefits exceptional kids:
Music is multi-sensory. Children with special needs often learn in different ways. Playing music engages them in tactile learning, kinesthetic learning, auditory learning, and visual learning.
Music activates both sides of the brain. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music shows that when making music, the auditory cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, prefrontal cortex, visual cortex, sensory cortex, cerebellum, and motor cortex are all activated.
Music is motivating. Everyday activities can be hard work for children with special needs. For a child struggling with motor skills or coordination, Musikgarten can encourage them to step, shake, bang, tap, clap, and move in a way that’s fun, not frustrating.
Music can be non-verbal. Exceptional children are often non-verbal or may struggle with verbal communication. When words fail them, music gives these children a wonderful way to understand and process information, express themselves, and connect with the world around them. Pattern work is the perfect bridge to aid verbal communication
Musikgarten is a social experience. Musikgarten is no substitute for a child’s private therapy sessions, but Musikgarten can help them to practice the skills they’re working on in a fun and social environment. And for very shy children or those who struggle with social interaction, Musikgarten provides a place for them to be with other kids and interact in a structured, yet playful, way
Music is multi-beneficial. Music education nurtures confidence, coordination, concentration and persistence while teaching children how to listen, follow directions, take turns, and participate.
Musikgarten helps parents and children bond. Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to connect emotionally with their child. Music and Musikgarten classes can help unlock this connection by fostering both physical and emotional closeness between parent and child.
Mr Ho Chee Wee, father of Ho Wai Kin, 16, says, “I first sent Wai Kin for Music Classes (MUSIKGARTEN) when he was 5 years old just so that he would have something to do apart from playing all day. He’s 16 now and the development he has made has been amazing! As a child with Down Syndrome, I was surprised to find that music helped him overcome his disability and made him more independent.
“He started off not even knowing how to speak or socialise with other children. Now he not only has friends, he has even gained the respect of many people after being selected to play in the school orchestra. Music not only honed his musical capabilities but also helped in his brain development. The positive changes in him convinced me that music really can do wonders to a child’s developmental progress. I have also sent my daughter to the same MUSIKGARTEN Classes.
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