Anouk Platenkamp

Early Childhood Music Education

Because of the birth of her son ( in 2015), Anouk decided to start making more of her interest in music for babies and toddlers. That is why she started training as an Early Childhood Music Educator in 2017.

Early childhood music lessons are meant for children from 0 to 4 years of age, together with a parent / grandparent / caretaker or in a nursery or toddler group. The starting point is the experience of the child.
The lessons last 30 to 45 minutes and have regular, returning parts: a greeting song and a farewell song with moments in between where children move, make music themselves (possibly with musical instruments) and moments when music is experienced with different materials.

All material used during the lesson serves to stimulate the development of the child. This can be done in many different areas, for example emotionally (think also of the bond of parent and child that is reinforced by making music together) or motor function (for example by letting children move to music).
Musical instruments that are used include small drums, rhythm sticks or shakers. Other materials that are used are for example scarves, dolls and blocks.

There is a lot of singing in the lesson, and parents / grandparents / caretakers are also encouraged to participate. Of course, the teacher will also show her own instrumental skills. In the lessons of Anouk the harp will not be missing.

Scientific research confirms that early stimulation of young children is important and that music can play an important role in this. Babies listen to singing earlier and longer than to speach. Babies recognize melodies and language patterns and the amount of time that educators spend playing, singing and speaking with their young child appears to be proportionally linked to the amount of language they later have at their disposal. The potential for development is present in all children, but without the proper upbringing and stimulation these talents do not come into their own.

When music and singing are integrated in the upbringing and thus in the daily lives of children, a foundation is laid on which to build further.