Benefits of Music

Music-making is great fun - and it's good for you too. It plays a vital role in children's social, emotional and neurological development and there is a wide body of research that confirms the benefits of music-making from a very early age. Our classes help develop your child’s

  • creativity
  • co-operation
  • listening
  • communication
  • language skills

Here are the ‘guiding principles’ behind Musical Steps:

having fun: Absolutely everyone can and should enjoy making music, and the earlier you start, the better.

keeping it simple: Everything we do in class is at the children’s level and can easily be done at home too.

unaccompanied singing: Instrumental accompaniments can be fun, but they make it very difficult for young children to distinguish the melody and learn to sing in tune, so we sing unaccompanied in the classes and encourage you to do the same at home.

making music together: Music is learned by listening and imitating, so parents and carers join in the fun. It’s amazing how much your child will learn from you, and no expertise is necessary - we’ll show you what to do.

listening: This core life-skill is encouraged and developed through all of our activities and is fundamental to music-making.

moving: We stretch & wiggle, skip & dance, tip-toe & stamp and jump & 'fly' until we really feel the rhythm, the beat, the structure and the mood of the music.

singing simple, fun, repetitive melodies: Very simple, repetitive melodies help the children to ‘tune in’ with increasing accuracy as their vocal control and sense of pitch develop.

using music by great musicians: We love to move, play and respond freely to a wide range of music.

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"Fabulous - love it!"
Lynsey Ferguson, St Andrews  

"I love being a Musical Steps teacher - wish I'd done it years ago."
Liz Browne, Musical Steps Teacher, Wolverhampton

"We really look forward to all your classes. They're brilliant."
Moira Shearer, Bo'ness

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