MAD Academy classes provide the perfect blend of music, movement, rhythm and dance. Young children love this combination! It allows them to experience the joy of music whilst enabling them to do what comes naturally – to sing, move and dance, expressing themselves with their bodies and being creative, energetic and physical!
We also focus on the four key areas of music, movement, rhythm and dance because we know that, together, they can provide remarkable benefits for children’s mental, social and physical development. Here are just some of the amazing benefits they can have for young children:
- Engaging in music develops concentration, memory and listening skills.
- Singing songs repeatedly helps children learn basic speech patterns.
- Learning rhymes through songs gives children a phonological awareness that is crucial to learning to read and write.
- Singing songs widens children’s vocabulary and putting actions and dance to songs helps them recall these new words and their meaning.
- Music can stimulate new neural pathways and connections to be formed in the brain which are then used in all aspects of learning.
- Exploring music and instruments stimulates children’s creativity and curiosity.
- Having opportunities to be physical enables children to build a strong relationship between their bodies and their brains.
- Movement is key to stimulating brain development in young babies and children, encouraging the creation of neural connections, particularly across the two hemispheres.
- Moving around, through, under, over, into spaces and negotiating objects is one of the best ways to teach young children spatial awareness.
- Movement plays an important role in language development because early communication is entirely physical, consisting only of gestures and expressions. It also helps to widen early vocabularies by introducing children to simple nouns and verbs.
- Listening and identifying a beat within music really hones children’s listening skills and concentration.
- Being able to move to a regular beat is crucial to mastering many fine and gross motor skills, from writing and cutting with scissors to running and skipping or even riding a bike.
- Research has shown that children who are able to identify and maintain a musical beat do considerably better in all academic subjects, particularly maths and literacy
- Being able to recognise and replicate a musical beat can help children identify patterns, which is key mathematical skill.
- Learning simple dance routines and movements help to develop children’s co-ordination, balance and control.
- Research has also shown that physical movement, particularly movement across the body, helps to build neural pathways across the brain, which are essential for learning. All our dances are specially choreographed for each age group to maximise this learning potential!
- Learning simple routines helps children to develop their listening skills and to follow instructions.
- Dancing in time to music helps children identify patterns and facilitates understanding of numerical concepts.
- Dancing allows children to express emotions, and is particularly important when they don’t always have the vocabulary to express themselves.
Our MAD Academy curriculum focuses on these four key areas and is designed to bring these wonderful benefits to our children, whilst giving them the freedom to have fun and enjoy everything that we do in class.