Connections Through Music
+ What is it?
MindFULL Music is a 60 minute music class for babies & toddlers, their caretakers, and seniors with the aim of connecting through music. Listening, learning, singing, and moving to music is beneficial for people of all ages! Research shows that music has the ability to enhance physical, emotional, and intellectual development in babies and children.
+ Can I learn some of the music ahead of time?
Yes! Click here for a MindFULL Music Spotify Playlist with the music you’ll enjoy during class.
+ What does the class looks like?
The class is 60 minutes, with caretakers & babies sitting in a circle on the floor with the instructor, and residents sitting around them! As we move through the class we will get up to dance around and mingle!
The first and last 15 minutes of the class are set aside for mingling and connecting with fellow Moms & Dads and the residents.
The class moves from singing familiar songs, listening to acoustic instruments, playing instruments, dancing, and building relationships with others in the class.
+ How is this class different than other baby music classes?
This class will take you through various musical experiences.
i. Singing familiar kid-friendly songs along with the instructor while doing the actions
- Typical of most baby music classes, this helps to develop memory, language, spacial awareness, creativity, and language
ii. Listening to the instructor sing some current favourites while playing acoustic guitar and/or keyboard
- Enjoyable for all ages! Mom/Dad are able to enjoy some favourites, baby can witness them enjoying the music, which bonds the two while introducing baby to different sounds and songs. Babies have opportunity to watch/listen to real acoustic instruments that they otherwise may not have!
iii. Playing with shakers/drums/wooden sticks/xylophone while listening to/singing to different songs from a stereo
- A sort of ‘free time’ in the class, giving babies the opportunity to discover different sounds and the idea of “cause & effect.” Creativity, motor skills, rhythm, etc.
iv. Dancing with caretaker to various genres of music
- Helps facilitate bond between baby & caretakers. Laurel Trainor, Ph.D., director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, in Hamilton, Ontario has found in her studies that babies who move rhythmically to music smile more, are easier to soothe, and are more willing to explore their environment than babies who simply listen. Her research also suggests that moving to music with someone triggers the release of oxytocin -- the "bonding" hormone also produced during nursing.
v. Dancing with colourful flags
- A fun sensory activity, encourages creativity and movement
vi. Partnering with senior residents and singing to/dancing to music of different eras
- Encourages an interest in all types of music, while introducing babies to various generations! This is an obvious favourite for the residents- helps to lift spirits, develop social skills for babies, and is a great way to build community in the class.
vii. Social time!
- The first and last 15 minutes of the class are purposefully set aside to allow connections between fellow Moms & Dads and the residents of the Retirement home! There is nothing better for a senior resident than spending time with the younger generation! It is also so healthy for Moms & Dads in this community to come together, share ideas, encourage each other, and build lasting relationships.
+ How will music help my baby?
Creativity - A study on 3-4 year olds in Hungary found that those who were given music and singing lessons were more creative than those that did not receive any musical training at all.
Memory - Even at three months of age, music can help babies remember things! Scientists now believe that music aids significantly in the learning and memory process.
Spatial Intelligence - Spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive various relationships in space and understand the visual world. A study of kindergarten children in California showed that children who were given piano lessons had a 34% better success rate in completing a jigsaw puzzle than children who were given computer lessons at the same time.
Language - Music and language have a close connection in development. They both require the ability to hear differences in similar sounds, such as “B” and “P.”
Emotional Intelligence - Music has the ability to bring on strong emotions. It can also hone babies ability to recognize mood and emotions in others!
+ When is it?
Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.
+ Where is it?
When you arrive at the entrance off Tillsely Dr., go to the right and find the Billiards Room! There will be signage.
+ What are the different connections made through this music class?
Baby & Parent/Guardian
Music & Memory
Music & Movement
Music & Language
Music & Social skills
Music & mood
+ How much is it?
The class is $100 for 10 classes.
+ How do I pay?
You can do an e-transfer before the first class. Your name will then be on the attendance list!