Early musical education in the daycare center

What is early musical education?

Daycare children learn about their environment through many areas. They learn while playing, while eating, while romping, and even while fighting. But singing and dancing also promote their development in many areas. Singing together not only promotes community, but also language development. Dancing is good for coordination. Circle games combine both and are very popular with most children. Initial experiments with musical instruments are also part of early musical education. The more children are exposed to music at an early age, the better it is for their development.

From what age is early musical education useful?

Even babies in the womb respond to music. For example, if you hold a music box to your belly, most babies start to move. There are classes for babies and toddlers to sing and dance with their parents. Already shortly after birth, parents and babies can participate in these courses. When the child enters the nursery of the daycare center, this is the best time to playfully accompany and encourage his development through music, dance, instruments and singing. You can’t start too early with music.

Every child is different

It happens from time to time that a child does not want to participate in the circle games, dances and songs. That’s not bad at all. It also learns by watching. Maybe the child prefers to accompany the songs with a rattle or you let him operate the CD player for a change. Early musical education has such a wide range of possibilities that something suitable can be found for every child.

What areas does early education support?

  • Language
  • Motor skills
  • Creativity
  • Musicality
  • Social competence
  • Rhythm
  • Ear training
  • Emotional development
  • Perception
  • etc.

How can I use early musical education?

Early music education can be part of everyday life or it can be planned as an offer. It is a good idea to have a singing and playing circle together every day. In many daycare centers, this is called the morning or closing circle. What you call it doesn’t matter. It is only important that all children and educators sit together once a day. This fosters community and leaves room to engage in conversation. In addition to the typical movement and dance songs, you can sometimes include other music offerings such as a sound story or project-based stories with music in the circle.

For example, clap a rhythm and have the children “clap” it. The same game works very well with spoken rhythms: “Ba-ba-bababa” or “Baba-baba-ba-ba”. Let the children experiment. You will be amazed at how quickly the children can imitate the rhythm.

Which instruments are suitable for crèche children?

Experimenting and getting to know instruments is equally important in early music education. For children under three years, it is recommended to purchase small instruments made of wood. They are sturdy and can withstand the experimentation of small children’s hands. Suitable instruments to start with are rattles, tone woods, a drum or even a xylophone. If the children have been experimenting with musical instruments for some time, then you can bring a larger instrument. If the children’s songs are accompanied by a guitar, for example, all children particularly like this.

Instruments exert a great fascination on children. They are a great way to get the attention of even little music muffins. They also bring variety into the day-to-day life of the daycare center.


Suggested Citation

Goetz, S. (2021). Early musical education in the daycare center. Holistic brain training in children through music education. ISSN: 2748-2979. Accessed 12.03.2021. Available at: https://krippenzeit.de/musikalische-frueherziehung/

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