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The First Gentle Step

(The stage where attachment, bonding and security come in paramount importance)

At this stage in a child’s life their whole world revolves around their immediate needs, the people that care for them, and provide for those needs. It is at this point that interactivity between child and caregiver is most important - the child’s ability to interact with the world around them is limited by the early stage of their motor development. They are nonetheless able to observe how those they care about most interact with music and this sets the model for how they will begin to do so themselves. Seeing their caregivers join in with musical activities, and being allowed to feel part of that interaction will begin to create the positive associations. This will enable them to enjoy music more extensively at later developmental stages.

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