Busy Beats

Learning and development is encouraged with each unique child through positive relationships and by enabling the environment.

All children develop at their own rate and in their own ways. Development statements should not necessarily be taken in order or as a checklist. Aligned to Musical Development Matters – Early Childhood Education

Hearing and Listening:

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    Respond emotionally to music

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    Express musical preferences

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    Control own listening choices

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    Take part in early conversations and turn taking

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    Respond to changes in music (louder/quieter)
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    Listening to songs with a wide vocal pitch (high/low)

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    Listening to a wide range of musical styles

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    Identify and match instrument sounds

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    Identify sounds in the environment

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    Describing sound of an instrument in simple vocabulary

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    Mark-making to specific sounds and music

Vocalising and Singing:

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    Imitate melodic shape of voices
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    Vocalise whilst listening to music (babbling, da da, aah, long/short sounds)

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    Create sound effects of animals/toys

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    Join in with action songs and rhymes

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    Sing to toys and others
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    Sing repetitive songs and rhymes

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    Create own songs

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    Sing an entire song

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    Share favourite songs.

Moving and Dancing:

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    Move head and respond physically to music (facial expressions, moving arms/legs)
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    Enjoy finger rhymes

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    Join in with gestures to indicate the song – clapping hands

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    Move toys and objects in response to music

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    Move whilst playing an instrument

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    Move in response to rhythms heard

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    Clap and tap the pulse of the music

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    Physically interpret the sounds of instruments

Exploring and Playing:

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    Explore the environment around them – tapping surfaces, banging a drum, pressing buttons on musical toys
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    Shake instruments
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    Respond to /my turn, your turn’ games
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    Hold instruments or beaters in each hand
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    Play repetitively and rhythmically
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    Use instruments in a range of ways – tapping, scraping, rubbing etc

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    Create own musical patterns

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    Experiment with dynamics and tempo
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    Show control over instruments

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    Add sound effects to stories

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    Operate equipment – CD player/iPod/tablet

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