Toddlers (1-3 Years of Age)- Movement and Memorization
Toddlers love to dance and move to music. This movement is both enjoyable for children and is necessary for their healthy development.
The key to toddler music is the repetition of songs which encourages the use of words and memorization.
Preschoolers (3-5 Years of Age)- Melody and Attention Skills
Preschoolers enjoy singing just to be singing. They aren’t self-conscious about their ability and most are eager to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, rhythms with a definite beat, and words that ask them to do things.
The beat and lyrics in music encourages preschoolers to develop their listening and attention skills.
School Age (6-12 Years of Age) Sequence and Expression
School-age children are intrigued by songs that involve counting, spelling, or remembering a sequence of events. School-age children begin expressing their likes and dislikes of different types of music.
During this age kids begin to define their musical identity.
Teenagers (13-19) Emotional Release and Storytelling
Teenagers know what certain musical sounds represent to them thus they are able to express their feelings and tell their stories through music.
Music enables teenagers to share thoughts and communicate what they may find hard to communicate using words.