In our big kid Kindermusik classes, we explore “what makes something music versus just a sound.” It is always fun to hear a 5 year old’s ideas: “it sounds pretty,” “I can sing it,” “it doesn’t hurt my mom’s ears.” This is much more interesting than, “a series of organized sounds.”
But what about babies? EVERYTHING is an abstract concept that they are exploring and learning. It IS just sound, no matter how organized.
They don’t know what music is, but they are intrigued – they notice and often move to it. They do not know what singing is, but when they find their voice, they “sing” and babble (really, it’s just early operatic recitative). When they strike a toy against the floor, they are learning about sound and soon they repeat their percussion “antics” to create a small composition.
Witnessing a baby’s noise making during play time often sounds like a composition by experimental composer, John Cage (he used naturally occurring noises in a room as part of the composition). And, maybe they don’t sound organized, as in music’s definition, but once a child finds their voice, their noise, or their dancing legs, there is intention. They want to create something and it feels great! Intention is a big part of improvisation, and that is a WONDERFUL part of music, from Bach to BeBop!
Our Kindermusik baby class, Cuddle & Bounce, is like a discovery center. Babies get the chance to hear new noises, see new people and social situations, see new objects, and more. And the adults in the class get a chance to be a part of these new musical compositions and moments.
Read more about the amazing learning of babies at Kindermusik’s blog: Planting musical seeds.
Cuddle & Bounce for babies up to 15 months meets Thursdays at 11am