The Exploring Step

(The stage where child started walking and ‘fearless’ in exploring)

During this phase of development children are ready to take their first real steps. With this increased mobility and independence, the way that they interact with music also changes, and so our music lessons adapt accordingly. Activities and songs that were once the sole domain of the caregiver will become more interactive. These will encourage more use of the child’s newfound locomotor abilities. Bilateral movement is one of the most essential skills in music, as without the ability to do two separate actions simultaneously very few instruments are playable. At this stage, when children are just developing their ability to walk and have innate desire to do so; bilateral movement is encouraged by linking walking and rhythm.