There may be children who are not very musical, but this is more related to non-singing than non-singing. The connection children and music can be traced back to the womb. Children's songs promote the development of children.
Children's songs are more than just singing
Pregnant women report that their unborn child reacts to certain music. With classical music you can calm babies already during pregnancy and when mom goes to the rock concert, there is also increased activity in the unborn child. Music influences the mood, it can stimulate or sadden, it can calm or stimulate.
Singing and movement
As soon as babies actively participate in their environment, which is the case from the age of about one year, they can be encouraged to communicate and be attentive. They like to imitate what the parents are fooling them with, clapping their hands and listening to sounds and melodies.
They discover their own voice, even if they do not sing songs, but rather produce sounds and sounds. Even at this age, the development of the child can be encouraged by music, especially if it perceives the music not only as a background noise. When parents engage with the child by singing or encouraging him to accompany the notes with clapping or tapping on the table, joy and curiosity are triggered.
The older the child becomes, the more he will want to use his own voice by listening to singing and music. Audition should therefore be performed not only to fall asleep, but also for entertainment.
The older the child gets, the more he wants to live out his natural urge to move. Children do not necessarily need musical instruments to make music. Everything that rattles, rattles or makes other noises is used. Their own voice is also used and when the adults are happy about it, the offspring experiences its first successes. At this age Singspiele are particularly interesting, because they also promote motor skills. Such Singspiele are already very old and were already used for the entertainment of today's grandparents.
The story of children's songs
The history of children's songs in Germany only reaches into the 19. Century back. The most famous publisher was August Heinrich Hoffmann of Fallersleben, a university teacher of German studies.
He has already written texts on children's songs on 500, as well as the educator Friedrich Froebel or Ernst Anschütz, The oldest children's songs include:
- Fox you stole the goose
- Bunny in the pit
- All the birds are already there
- A little man stands in the forest
- Hum hum hum
- goodbye winter
- Cuckoo, cuckoo, call it from the forest
These classics among the children's songs, some of which are by AH Hoffmann von Fallersleben, are still sung today, although a variety of "modern" songs have been added. There are children's songs according to seasons, festivals, occasions or animals, nature and for the birthday. Lullabies play a very special role among children's songs. They should calm the child and bring it to sleep. A nursery rhyme can also have a calming effect during the day when, for example, it requires a rest period between the activities of the day or a midday rest. For this, children do not necessarily have to sleep, even listening can have a calming effect.
Children's songs to play and make music
Simple rhymes that are associated with a small action, even with the smallest child. Soon it can join in and, of course, is very happy to move with music or singing, to dance or to clap the clock with the hands.
This also promotes and strengthens the motor ability of the child. The older children become, the more they can memorize the song for children's songs and sing along. For this they do not necessarily have to be able to read themselves, if they like to sing and often, the lyrics are engraved for the song.
The rhymes are not complicated in children's songs and are often underlined by movements. In this way, the child not only learns to keep the balance of the body, but also keeps the wording of the song better.
Simple musical instruments for children not only encourage listening, but also make music themselves, another pedagogical effect of music. While the cassette recorder or the CD player is more likely to encourage passive enjoyment of music or singing, a simple instrument such as a xylophone can animate you to perform your own music. Other instruments for children are, depending on their age, a drum, guitar, tambourine and, of course, the recorder, but this plays its own role.
As children grow older and retain the joy of playing a musical instrument and making "right" music with others, the natural joy of singing, music and movement has become a hobby.