Research shows that music is one of the best tools to learn a new language.
- Listening to music helps with memorization. According to scientists, singing new words makes them easier to remember. We learn the ABCs, the numbers, even the music scale (The Sound of Music’s “Do-Re-Mi,” anyone?), through song.
- Listening to music allows us to better assimilate the syntax and enrich our vocabulary.
- Scientific research suggests that infants who listen to music in multiple languages as they grow, will have better linguistic sensitivity in these languages in later life.
- When singing, we try to reproduce sounds and tone, so our accent is less pronounced than when we speak.
There are plenty of activities to encourage this!
- Repeat simple songs in different languages. For example: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and “The Wheels on the Bus” have well-known Spanish translations, and “Are You Sleeping,” is originally in French, etc. Sing it first in English and then, repeat it in the other language.
- Adjust the songs to the language of your choice. If it’s a counting song, repeat it a few times, first in English and then sing the numbers in the foreign language you want you child to learn. The same goes for songs about the letters, shapes, colors, etc. Don’t worry if it doesn’t quite fit the melody, just have fun with it 🙂
- As you sing a beloved song, interject some words in a foreign language that are related to that song. For example, when singing “Row Your Boat,” say: “ruder” (row, in German) or “barca” (boat, in Italian)
- Listen to all kinds of music (not only kids music) in that second language often (this helps with vocabulary and syntax, as mentioned above) – plus, it exposes them to the sounds and rhythms of that other culture.
Starting this Fall, we are returning to our original class model of longer sessions and classtimes, while keeping it online. This format gives little ones more time to get used to the virtual aspect of the classes (if they’re not already experts), more time to become familiar with the songs of the session, and more repetition so that they absorb even more information from each class activity.
So, we hope you join us and teacher Yayra starting September 17th for our 12-week session –which will take us all the way into mid December-, as we dance with “Jenny Jenkins,” “Zoom zoom” into outer space, snuggle with our “Little One,” and more, with the eclectic mix of tunes of our Purple Collection CD.
Makeshift and DIY instruments can promote creativity and imagination!
Even if you have plenty of toy instruments at home, using household items as instruments -like getting a plastic container and wooden spatula to drum with-, can be new, exciting, and engaging for young children. So, look around your home for kid-safe items and be creative!
An Australian study suggests that regular, informal music-making with very young children may even have benefits above and beyond those of reading. But there’s an important, interesting, and somewhat beautiful catch – for best results, make it shared music-making in your home!
As we navigated the world of online classes, at the start of this pandemic, we tried a few different formats to accommodate the quickly changing times and our families’ needs as best as we could.
Now, having taught online classes for almost 6 months, we’ve discovered that one thing has remained the same: growing kids need time and repetition to develop and nurture their new skills! So starting this Fall, we are returning to our original class model of longer sessions and classtimes, while keeping it online.
We’re so excited to go back to our “classic” Ladybug Music sessions! But, what does this mean for you?
Our Fall Session tuition includes:
- One 40-minute Live Streaming class per week – longer class, for more family fun
- 12-week Session – more time to get settle into vitrual learning and more learning
- Ladybug Music CD sent to your home; plus, a digital download of its exclusive class songs
- FREE siblings. Yes, you read that right – one price for the WHOLE family!
When we think of music class, we think of a fun, active time for our little bugs to play instruments, sing, dance, and develop basic music skills like rhythm. And, that’s totally right! However, it’s not the only type of learning they’ll experience.
Research shows that early exposure to music, and music classes, help with academic learning as well. With songs and activities like an ABCs song, they learn the letters and about spelling; through a couting song, they learn the numbers and basic math skills; when it’s a song about the animals, not only do they learn the names and sounds of different animals, but it also stimulates speech development when imitating the sounds. Kiddos can also learn about colors, shapes, moods, etc., much faster when taught in a song. And, lots more!
So, the case is closed and the veredict is in: Music Class HELPS with Academic Learning. And, when they get to their first years in school, they come in with an advantage. #win-win
- 30 minute live-streamed class with a professional musician
- An interactive music experience that allows you to connect and deepen the parent-child bond
- Learn to keep time with shakers and rhythm sticks
- Improve fine motor skills with small movement songs
- Sing songs that teach us new words
- Increase body-awareness with fun dance sessions
- A community of wonderful families that love music as much as we do!
Music class encourages the development of your bug’s listening skills!
When we sing our well-known (and beloved) songs, which include lots of rhyming and repeating words, we work on strengthening important listening and auditory learning skills – like, active listening, following instructions, and memorization.
We love to use egg shakers in class, to follow simple movement and rhythmic patterns.
Egg shakers can also influence and increase attention, as well as:
•Improve impulse control
•Better listening, patience, and cooperation
Egg shakers are fun, colorful and easy for little hands to grab! You can even DIY using household items. Here’s a tutorial: DIY Shaker
Join Ladybug Music ATX’s fun, interactive, live music classes for babies, toddlers & preschoolers.
Our current session ends July 16th, but you can still join (tuition automatically prorated) and our next 4-week session begins on August 6th!
For just $50 your family gets:
A 30 minute live-streamed class per week
Unlimited views of pre-recorded classes
Access to our private Facebook Group
Digital download of our exclusive Ladybug Music song collection.