Music

Curriculum overview
  • Music Curriculum

    In summary: Rhythm, rhyme, volume, pitch, voice, instruments (piano, flute, stringed, percussive and world), world music, live music, composing, notation, musical theory, expression / meaning in music.
  • A closer look

    The youngest babies at Bonitots will be given the opportunity to explore the piano, thus learning about cause and effect (“I press a key and a sound happens”), pitch and volume. Basic (and fun!) lessons in posture, hand position and reading music will be available to all children as soon as they show an interest in more formal learning and demonstrate the necessary motor skills (probably around the age of 4). These lessons are included in the fees and will focus on enjoyment and musicality rather than technical excellence, loosely following the Suzuki method. We will also have a daily singalong with the piano where we sing traditional and/or educational Spanish songs (feel sorry for our neighbours!). Children will be invited to join in with a range of percussive instruments. Our daily free movement sessions will allow children to expel some of their boundless energy, explore rhythm and expression and, most of all, have fun! Finally, in order to give children the widest possible exposure to a range of music, we have a weekly world music session, during which we listen to world music and dance, join in with percussive instruments (and voice) and, with the older children, discuss the music we’ve heard. We  also attend Bach to Baby or other children’s music concerts regularly. Parents will be able to see their children display their musical talents during our performances (no doubt you will also regularly see these talents at home!).

  • The science of music and children

    We reinforce the positive benefits of childhood bilingualism with early exposure to music. Music has been shown in various studies – most notably, perhaps, in a longitudinal study by the German Socio-Economic Panel in 2013 – to improve cognitive skills, school grades, conscientiousness, openness and ambition. Importantly, music lessons improve a child’s ability to learn languages. The Guardian reports that “music training plays a key role in the development of a foreign language in its grammar, colloquialisms and vocabulary.” A study by Northwestern University found that the five skills which underlie language acquisition – “phonological awareness, speech-in-noise perception, rhythm perception, auditory working memory and the ability to learn sound patterns” – are developed through music lessons more than through other extra-curricular activities such as painting.