The Magic of Movement and Music

The Magic of Movement and Music

I’m often asked why movement and music are such an integral part of Romp n’ Roll classes.  While there is no doubt that young children enjoy singing and dancing, it is not readily apparent how the prancing around to delightful little ditties relates to the serious business of building solid educational foundations.

The fact is that human beings are essentially rhythmic creatures.  Whether we are talking about the beating of the heart or the 24 hour sleep/wake cycle, our brains are constantly dealing with rhythmic patterns.  Consequently, music and movement permit us to perceive, process, store, organize, and retrieve concepts, information, and experiences with considerably more ease and efficiency than we would be able to do otherwise.

Think about driving along in your car.  A song comes on the radio.  After hearing just two or three notes, you are tapping out the tempo on the steering wheel and singing along word for word, even though you may not have heard the song in 10 years.

A better example.  Do you know how many bones there are in the human body?  You may know the answer to that: 206.  Can you name them all?  I doubt you can do that, even if you are a doctor or a nurse.  But my six-year-old granddaughter can name all 206.  How?  She learned a lovely little song and dance routine.  Remember the Macarena?  Well, this is “My Cranium.”  As she twirls and touches all the different parts of her body, she is singing, “cranium, scapula, patella, phalanges,” etc.

It is amazing how music and movement enhance the learning process.  And it is surprising how few educational establishments outside of Romp n’ Roll truly understand and appreciate that.