Diving Deeper - Imagination and Music By Lisa Marcolin
Do you remember…. as a child roaring like a tiger, flying like a fairy and jumping like a kangaroo?!?
It's all about imagination.
Babies imitate silly faces. Pre schoolers can imitate and invent characters and scenes.
By five, children are staging plays and concerts!
During the 16 years that I have been teaching our gorgeous Mini Maestros, I have constantly been delighted by the fairies, dinosaurs, superheroes, princesses and pirates that come to class each week! (just to name a few). When I ask the children in class how they want to move to the action song or about their costume they are very excited and go straight into character!
I often find they don’t even need to be wearing a costume as their imagination and the music is enough. Children in the 4 year old groups can be puppy dogs crawling around or flying watermelons very quickly and easily, and can show me exactly how they should move to the beat. I vary the way I strum or pick the guitar strings to match their actions and enhance their musical experience.
Imagination and Stages of Development (in brief)
0-2 years (Mini Maestros yellow, blue and green books programs)
- Babies will remember much of what they see, hear, and feel - memories they will use later in pretend play.
- In their second year, we start to see symbolic play. For example a doll will represent a baby, and blocks can become a garage or a house, a cardboard box becomes a car or train. Perhaps a music train!
- More imaginative fantasy play gradually emerges in the pretend play of two-year-olds.
- They sometimes lose sight of the line between fantasy and reality - even in their own pretending.
3-4 years (Mini Maestros red book program)
- Play is often related to their real-life experiences- and usually includes props and lots of language. Think of all the language used in our Mini Maestros songs and prop activities – there is an abundance of material for children to draw on.
- In the early stages of peer play, one child often assigns roles to the others.
- Imaginary friends often appear around the age of three and can play a big role in a child's day-to-day life.
- The pretend play of 4year olds becomes more realistic and detailed.
5-6 years ( Mini Maestros purple book and instrumental program)
- Kinder age children have a strong grasp of the difference between real and pretend -- which makes engaging in fantasies even more enjoyable.
- Five and six-year-olds' increased attention spans and awareness of detail enable them to stick with and extend play themes for long periods of time.
- Pretending is social for kinder age children and interacting together is fun.
The Mini Maestros program lends itself very well to creating many opportunities for imagination and creative expression and play.
Miss Polly/Master Wally Had a Dolly is always an absolute favourite with the 2-3 year olds in Term 3. They role-play being doctors and are always quite serious about making their dolls/toys well so they can then take them for a walk over the mountain. We then see lots of imaginary things on the mountain using our lovely handmade binoculars!
In Term 4 you may have already seen;
1-2 year olds and 2-3 year olds flying like birds, landing in a pretend nest (and loving it!). They imagined and practised leaving mum or their carer and going back safely to the nest.
2-3 year olds' imaginary play being extended by using props such as magpie cutouts and pretending to be elephants walking on a string or ribbon. In class they also imitated animal sounds.
3-4 year olds in the Doncaster October concert imagining being pussycats and mice whilst they were playing lento/presto and miaowing and stretching to wake up in the Old Grey Cat song.
Many have been bumblebees jumping on a pretend bed in classes. They also imagine where they would like to go in the ferryboat song. Some responses have been, "To the park/zoo/supermarket/ Disneyland/the moon…".
4-5 year olds being sailors and pirates with lots of treasure. They visit Timbuktu whilst playing their chime bars.
I love that some children use action songs to imagine – they imagine what they will build. Whilst they are all hammering with their hands to the beat they are also building houses, cars, fairy castles, boats, dinosaurs, and strengthening the use of their imagination of course!
Imagination can be just for fun, but can also be as powerful as to provide the ideas for the future that will save lives and improve human existence!
Enjoy imaginative play with your child at music class and at home.
Imagination is like a muscle - use it or lose it!
- Diving Deeper - Music from Around the World - Janet Collins
- Term 4 - Our Exciting Concert Term!
- Why Have Concerts? - By Maddy Kelly, Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Music and Mood Enhancement
- Diving Deeper - Music and Vocabulary By Kitty Skeen - Mini Maestros Bendigo.
- Diving Deeper - Lullaby and good night - hopefully... By Judy O'Neill
- Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki - By Jo Irwin - Mini Maestros Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Franchisee
- New Mini Maestros Customer App
- Diving Deeper - Connection by Maddy Kelly - Mini Maestros' Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Imagination. By Caroline Paterson
- Diving Deeper - Creativity by Kitty Skeen - Mini Maestros Bendigo Franchisee
- Interview with Dr Anita Collins – By Esther Bertram
- Onlooker Learners - By Emma Hart, Former Mini Maestros Head Of Teaching
- Meet The Team - Ally Hvalica
- Music and Intellectual Development - By Alison Cusack & Linda Repic
- Who is your child's best teacher? Part 1 of 2 By Emma Hart - Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Who is your child's best teacher? Part 2 of 2 By Emma Hart - Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- Diving Deeper - Physical Skills - By Taryn Wright
- Inter-generational music making is building healthy communities
- Writing Music Down - by 3MBS
- Diving Deeper - Social Skills by Kate Rice
- The Importance of Repetition
- Diving Deeper - Learning to listen by Robyn Stewardson
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Esther Bertram - Marketing and Franchise Development Manager
- Meet the Team - Jo Irwin
- Speech Development - Stories from Parents by Annette L. Graham
- Diving Deeper - The Power of Song by Kitty Skeen Part 1 of 2
- Diving Deeper - The Power of Song by Kitty Skeen Part 2 of 2
- Meeting the Head Office Team - Maddy Kelly
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Bruce Fethers - Co-owner & Managing Director
- Diving Deeper - Dance - by Cathy Edgar
- The Senses - By Robyn Grose
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Jennifer Smith - Co-owner & Music Director
- The Power of Music in Expressing Children's Emotions by Chantelle Alvaro
- Play - By Kate Howard
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Introducing Stephanie Migliore
- Relationships - By Ally Hvalica
- Developmental Milestones - By MaryRose Harrison
- Stories From Parents/Grandparents - Bobbie Carroll
- Meeting The Head Office Team - Introducing Monika Szilagyi
- JOY by Tiff Ikin
- Music Education
- Peekaboo Scarves by Emma Hart, Former Mini Maestros Head of Teaching
- All Shapes of the World
- Music Forever
- Children of Tomorrow: Thoughts On Mindful Music Education in the Early Childhood Space
- Nurturing the Love of Music
- Music. Feel it all over.
- Mini Maestros - It's Not Just About The Children.
- The Creative Life
- 5 Simple Ways to Nurture Creativity in Our Children
- Discovering the Joy of Music
- Five Alternative Ways to Say "Well Done!"
- "Good morning Bumblebee"
- A Mini Maestros Moment
- The exchange between teacher and child
- The joy of being a new mum, and the importance of connection learning and play
- BABIES CLASSES - a very special and important time for you and your child.
- 5 Ways To Jam With Your Child At Home
- Was Your First Mini Maestros Class What You Expected?
- Moving to a Steady Beat and the Young Brain
- Learning an Instrument