What you gain from this Training Module.
Dancing with babies and providing dance playtime or “boogie” sessions are two ways you can add a dance segment to your regular music session. Dance activities develop musical skills in listening, moving in time and improvising. But there’s much more to the story and you’ll find out that dances are beneficial in at least seven ways. This resource will surprise you and have you thinking of dance in a new light.
Here’s what the research tells us about the main benefits: active baby music classes, including movement to music, enhance infants’ musical, communicative and social development. The researchers were expecting the babies to be better at music than the control group but the sociability and better behaviour surprised even them.
Learn from these experts in baby behaviour about what happens when you expose infants to six continuous months of active music-making. In this ground-breaking research you’ll find out about getting results through standardised parent questionnaires at the end of the music program when their babies turn one. You’ll also read about the fascinating ‘head-turn procedure’ where the researchers measure whether babies react when they hear music that sounds weird to most adults and how their response proves that they learn tonailty before their first birthday.
We’ll also delve into the cultural importance of dance, the musical element of rhythm and the 3 musical rights of the child.
What you get in your purchase
The module package contains 3 items: a training paper, a songbook and 20 music tracks.
1. PDF Download Document – Training Module 4
The training paper has five sections plus references, and suggests trusted places to find out more
- Benefits of dancing and spontaneous movement to music
- Ways to use a variety of dances and movement activities with babies
- Musical culture — dance is integral
- Learning through play — spontaneous dancing
- Research about the value of music classes for babies age 6-12 months
- References and Organisations
- Featured Research Institutes
- Featured Dance Organisations
Circle Dances — Benefits for Babies: Circle dances in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development. Self-paced Training for Educators. Written by Carol Biddiss, 2020. Musical Child: Adelaide.
2. PDF Download Document – Songbook: Circle Dances
The songbook contains appealing dance songs with lyrics, scores, and dance activities to suit babies along with suggestions for engaging with other adults in the group. Use this practical resource to devise your own music program.
Songbook: Circle Dances. Written by Carol Biddiss, 2020. Musical Child: Adelaide.
3. MP3s Downloadable Digital Album
Your digital album contains 20 tracks including both vocal and backing track/karoake versions of all the songs in the songbook. Features Australian musicians.
Digital Album ‘Circle Dances.’ Musical arrangements by Carol Biddiss and Janette Porteous. Singers: Michell Bown, and Carol Biddiss. Published by Musical Child, Early Learning through Music (c) 2020
Listen to one of the songs from the downloadable digital album
Here’s a sample of the vocal track for Christmas Tree Dance:
And here’s a sample of the backing track for Christmas Tree Dance so you can sing to the babies:
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