Music in its various forms provides children with a unique tool to help them engage their imaginations and also explore and interact with the world around them. In addition to the enjoyment it creates, music also plays an important part in childhood development; the latest scientific research overwhelmingly supports this belief with evidence that musical stimulation encourages the development of neural networks in the brain. The goal of the music curriculum at Sunshine Academy is to create a stimulating musical environment that encourages children to experiment freely with music, discover themselves as musical people, and learn the ways music can help them communicate, interpret, and express the world around them. Through the songs and CDs the program provides, children also can share music with each other, their teachers, and their families at home.
Below, you will find an overview of our music curriculum and music education objectives for each age group. In addition, you will see a list of some of the associated activities we have designed to promote development in each area. The music curriculum at Sunshine Academy follows guidelines developed by the National Association for Music Education. Many of our activities are modeled after research-based methods developed by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.
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