I’m riding high on the magical moments that occurred during my Music classes today! It was week 3 of our exploration of Broadway Music. As a teacher, the responses I hear from children on the third week of exploring a musical style in Gymboree Music never cease to amaze me! Our littlest musicians in Gymboree Music I class (6-16 months) clearly recognize the songs we’ve been learning! I and the other mom’s, dad’s, grandparents and caretakers in class watched with amazement as little Tamar mouthed all the words to Peter Pan’s “I Won’t Grow Up”, managing to blurt out the word “up” at the end of every musical phrase! A remarkable accomplishment in just 3 weeks time!
We also celebrated the fact that our classmate Yan started crawling and was finally able to crawl to the front of the singing circle to stare intently at the singing sounds coming from the teacher! The friendship and connections made in music class are truly special. Together, we used the power of music to sooth and comfort our newest classmate who was crying loudly during class. We turned the room lights down low, rocked and held our babies heart to heart and sang “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music as a lullaby for our babies. It worked like a charm! What a gift for everyone to share such a special and loving moment with their children and one another in the middle of an otherwise hectic day.
The amazing musical moments just kept coming in my Music II class (16-28 months). It was a delight to watch these toddlers cup their little hands together to make a nest for imaginary bird eggs, stand and sway like trees and dance to “Egg Nest and Tree” from Suessical the Musical! Practice made perfect for our Gymboree Music III children (28-60 months)! They mastered playing a C major scale on the hand bells to the song “Do Re Mi “from The Sound of Music. Their focus and concentration was so intense as they watched the “conductor’s” baton for cues to play the bells in unison or await a turn to play their note of the scale on cue. The smiles, laughter, and requests to do it over and over again reflected the fun they were having and their pride in what they accomplished! For me, it was another most rewarding day filled with the joy that comes from seeing children learn and grow at Gymboree Play and Music! I can’t wait to see the progress they make and experience the fun we’ll have as we embark on a musical journey through Europe next week!