Music Together is an internationally accredited program. This clip shows a Preschool aged class with a variety of hearing losses. They participate in a Music Together program one time a week for 45 minutes. It is co-taught by a Teacher of the Deaf, Speech Language Pathologist and classroom assistants. Each student is provided with materials so the children can carryover activities at home.
This is a snapshot of one type of musical experience which helps develop musical competence as well as auditory development. The preschool music program actively involves teacher’s and family in supporting a child’s growth.
This is a traditional call and response song. Call and response songs are the beginning of conversational skills. They help practice turn taking, being the listener and being the speaker in a repetitive and predictable context so the children feel successful.
The children are waiting and retaining auditory information and then responding with appropriate pitch and tonality. The songs are chosen at just the right range for children’s voices. The children are developing an auditory feedback loop which allows them to monitor their voices and make changes. Notice that the children are moving rhythmically to the song and imitating motor movements associated with the song. You will notice that each child is participating at his/her own level.
The children are moving to the rhythm of the music. Some of the children are moving independently and some are being facilitated by their care giver to feel the rhythm of the music. The change in body movements helps the children identify slight sound variations.. The speech syllables are simple in nature so that they have an opportunity to focus on the the pitch and melody of the music. This simplification also reduces the intimidation of more complex language structures making the child more likely to try to sing.