By Myriam Correa - Connect by Music Protection Manager
Music Therapy for 4-year-olds
Ministry of Education’s Kindergarten Program (May - Aug 2020)
From May to August 2020, the Ministry of Education had its own Kindergarten Program in Malakasa. Connect by Music was invited to provide music therapy sessions to 4-year-old children. During May and June, we did 3 hours a week; we increased to 5 hours a week in July and August.
In our collaboration with the Ministry of Education, we provided music therapy sessions based of the Orff approach* and worked on the following topics:
Early music education
Rhythmic and melodic exercises
Cognition skills (such as memory or attention)
*The Orff approach is a method of teaching children about music that engages their minds and bodies through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting, and playing percussion instruments. For instance, the Orff method often uses instruments such as xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. A key characteristic of this approach is that lessons are presented with an element of play, which helps the children learn at their own level of understanding.
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