Children find intrinsic pleasure in 'being the creator of movement and dance rather than 'imitating' a prescribed, 'follow me and do as I do' approach.
Different forms and styles are used for specific effects based upon the way that rhythm, tempo, melody, and affect have been developed by the composer. The unique blending of these elements in each piece of music elicits a logical and emotional response that promotes specific learning consequences.
Accelerated learning techniques use a variety of music with contrasting elements and effects to create a comprehensive, multifaceted learning experience.
Tempo is central to transportation as well as to music. The 1 1/2 through 3-year-old child is learning to control and coordinate his body's movements and is naturally interested in the concepts of fast and slow.
Early on, children detect not only the phonemes used in their native tongue but also the syntax of their language. Music also has syntax, and part of the development of musical literacy is recognition of musical syntax and form. This activity (Toe Tapping Blues) provides exposure to the American (originally African-American) form called the 12-bar blues. The most well-know blues form, the 12-bar blues is based on a set progression of chords across 12 measures of music.
The most fundamental property of music beat, the underlying, unchanging repeating pulse. Feeling and moving to a steady beat develops a sense of time and the ability to organize and coordinate movements within time.
Crescendo is the Italian musical term for a gradual increase in volume. It is one of many expressive elements of music and can serve to add intensity, urgency and excitement of music, regardless of whether the music is sung, played on instruments, or spoken rhythmically.
Moreover, exposure to songs with clearly defined phrases and simple structures, such as AABA form, helps children develop an awareness of form and pattern in musical language.
Hearing and singing music in a variety of modes benefits children because it presents the brain with new patterns to interpret, or new food for thought.