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Dance

February 9, 2017

Swaying along with the music helps develops children’s co-ordination, balance and control.
Research shows that movement across the body helps in developing neural pathways that assist in learning process. Hence, if the dance moves are designed in such a manner that they maximize this effect, it may help considerably in the child’s development.
Music and dance also help imbibe listening skills into the child’s personality.
Dance allows children to express themselves. This is a particularly important aspect especially when the child does not have the proper vocabulary to express himself.

As the various benefits suggest, Music, Movement, Rhythm and Dance are key aspects of development of a child’s personality. What a child learns at young age stays with him throughout his life. This is something that we should understand as parents and contribute our bit by incorporating music and movement in our child’s life.

As already stated, we at Furtados School of Music lay emphasis on all the key aspects of music and movement, and can help unleash the true potential in your child. With our Music is Fun program your little one can enjoy the gift of music while the rhythm and the dance bring wonderful benefits to his being.

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Movement

February 9, 2017

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Music allows the children to move a lot and hence form a strong relationship between the body and brain.
Movement stimulates brain development in young children. It encourages the formation of neural connections across the two hemispheres. So what better way to incorporate movement than through music?
Movement plays an important role in language development as early communication is entirely physical, and depends upon gestures and expressions. Music helps in speeding up the entire process substantially.

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Rhythm

February 9, 2017

To be able to identify a beat within music helps develop the listening and concentration skills in young children.
To be able to move along the beat helps develop the motor skills in young children.
Research has shown that young children that are able to identify a particular beat do considerably well in academics.
If a child is able to recognize a beat and then replicate it, it means that he can easily identify patterns. This is a key mathematical skill.

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Music

February 9, 2017

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Introducing music in young children’s life develops concentration, memory and listening skills.
Singing songs helps children in learning speech patterns.
Singing songs develops a child’s vocabulary and if you incorporate dance into it, the child is able to recall the words through the movements.
Music stimulates new neural pathways and connections in the brain that speed-up the learning process.
It enhances the creativity and curiosity in children

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Benefits of Music and Movement in young children

February 9, 2017

Young children love a blend of music, movement, rhythm and dance. This combination allows them to enjoy the music and express themselves. Music and movement together provide a lot many benefits to the social, mental and physical development in children. Moreover incorporating music and movement in early childhood education helps young children with social interaction and language growth.

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At Furtados School of Music we focus on four key areas that help in the all-round development of children. These four areas are – Music, Movement, Rhythm and Dance. Each key area has many benefits for young children, some of which we have highlighted below.

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My child loves banging pots and pans, is he musical?

January 16, 2017

You might have observed many a times that your child starts dancing merrily whenever he listens to music. And you might have even found him banging pots and pans at various occasions. But have you ever thought that what these activities signify? Well, one possible reason behind this might be that your child is musically inclined. Children that are musically inclined begin to exhibit all these signs and signals from a very early age. They observe and listen to the various sounds such as the raindrops falling on the rooftop or even the sounds of vehicles, from an early age they are able to differentiate among the various sounds. In fact some of the children even develop a rhythmic way of walking. So if your child exhibits one or more of these qualities then there might be a chance that there is a little musical champ in your house, whose talent you can develop and nourish to make him the next sensation in the field of music.

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If you are still not sure whether your child is musically inclined or not, then just take this simple quiz to find out the answer to all your questions.

1. Does your child tell you when music sounds off-key or disturbing in any way?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

2. Does your child remember the melodies of songs?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

3. Does your child have a good singing voice? Can he sing in tune?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

4. Has your child ever expressed interest to play any particular musical instrument or perhaps sing in a choir group?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

5. Does your child have a rhythmic way of speaking or moving?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

6. Does your child unconsciously hum to himself?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

7. Does your child tap rhythmically on the table as he works?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

8. Is your child sensitive to environmental noises, such as the tapping of the rain on the roof?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

9. Does your child respond favourably whenever he hears a particular piece of music?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

10. Does your child sing songs that he learned outside the classroom?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

11. When your child sits at the piano, does he simply bang on the keys just to make sound, or does he listen to what he is playing and attempts to play notes that blend well together?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

12. Has your child ever complained about having a song stuck in his head?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

13. Does your child have a natural instinct to dance to music?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

14. Has your child ever attempted to sound out a song that he heard somewhere, on the piano or the guitar?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

15. Does music seem to affect your child emotionally?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

16. Can your child clap on the beats while listening to a particular song?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

17. Ha your child ever complained about musical instruments sounding bad because they were out-of-tune?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

18. Is your child able to learn the lyrics of a particular song quite easily?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

19. Does your child love to watch singing shows and songs on the television?

a). Always
b). Sometimes
c). Never

If the answer to most of the questions was either option a or option b then your child is certainly musically gifted. And now that you have realised that your child is musically inclined we are sure that you might be wondering that what you should do in order to nourish his talent. Well, the best thing that you can do to nurture his talent would be to enrol him to music classes. This ways he shall be able to stay close to his passion and also be able to develop his talent in the right direction under the guidance of learned teachers.

Click here to learn more about the Music is Fun program of Furtados School of Music – this program is especially designed for toddlers and you can enrol your little one to it in order to embark his bright career in the field of music.

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How can parents bring music in the lives of the little children at home?

January 16, 2017

Parents themselves discover the magical power of music in their toddler’s life from an early age. You sing a lullaby to them and they calm down. You sing a funny song to them about maybe brushing their teeth or putting on their clothes and they laugh at you merrily. They get intrigued when you play an instrument in front of them. It is no secret that music appears magical to young children. But what is the reason behind it? Well, the answer to it is that the human voice is like music to a baby’s ears, filled with organized patterns and sounds. So when you introduce your child to the powerful world of music, he is provided with a richer, deeper and more expansive array of sounds that helps in building up his cognitive potential. Apart from this, sharing the gift of music with your little one also helps in strengthening the parent-child bond. So now the question is that how do you introduce music in your child’s life? Well, luckily there are many ways to do so, some of which we have listed down for you today. So read them and start by introducing some wonderful melodies to your child.

1. Sing to your child

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Singing to one’s child is something which we feel comes natural to all parents, but that doesn’t deter us from highlighting how important it is. Seeing you enjoying music and coming up with songs is something that is extremely necessary for your child’s musical growth. So sing to your child whenever you can, don’t worry about not having the perfect voice because we bet that your child thinks that your voice is magical. If you’ve ever played any instrument in your life then play it in front of your child every day, even if it is only for a few minutes.

2. Incorporate music in day to day activities

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Incorporating music in day to day activating is profound for your child’s musical development. Make songs about brushing the teeth in the morning, getting dressed up or taking a bath. You should understand that while these are very simple things for us to do, they are very important to your child’s mental growth and inclination towards music.

3. Sing song without words

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While you can sing to your child all the songs in the world that have lyrics but at times sing some without the words too. Here we are talking about singing simple sounds called vocables like aa, la, dee etc. But why is it so? Well, because it gives your child the experience of pure tonality and rhythm, without the distraction of words.

4. Sway your baby along with the music

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Move your child’s arms up and down along with the beats of the music. Teach them actions while singing nursery rhymes like “twinkle, twinkle little star”, to them. This will keep their minds as well as body busy and also help them develop their learning skills.

5. Play what you love

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If you are having trouble deciding in what to play for your child then just listen to your heart and play whatever you like. Remember that children learn by imitating you hence you should also enjoy what you are playing. So if you like rhymes then play it for your child or if you like western classics then play that for your child – it is that simple. (Read our blog post on “8 great Western classic tracks that your toddler will totally love”.)

6. Explore new genres

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The best part of introducing music into your child’s life is that you get to explore and experiment a lot, because you never know what might click to your child’s liking. So what you can do is play some Jazz music to your child, dance to its tunes and see how it turns out to be.

7. Make music instruments together

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Music instruments help in developing the motor skills in your child hence having them around will always be beneficial. You can also make a few DIY instruments at home. Read our blog post on “9 musical instruments which you can make at home to jam with your little ones.”

8. Encourage the kids to use both hands

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While playing a musical instrument encourage your kids to use both hands instead of just one. Using both hands engages both sides of the brain and prepares them for playing a much sophisticated instrument like piano or violin.

9. Go and see live music

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There are many coffee houses and even restaurants these days, which offer live music. So go out with your toddler and enjoy a session of music therapy.

10. Make them join a class

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The best way of introducing music in your child’s life out of all the methods mentioned above is making them join a music class. Apart from being fun these classes will prepare your child for a career in the music industry.

So implement all these methods and introduce your child to the wonderful world of music. And if you make up your mind to let your toddler join music classes then give us a call and we will let you know all about our Music is Fun program that is designed specifically for toddlers.

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Build love for music 2: 8 great Western classic tracks that your toddler will totally love

January 16, 2017

For the past few months we have been discussing the positive impact of listening to music, in toddlers and all you parents by now understand its huge benefits. But the question is that what genre of music will be good for your kids? Well, you can make your child listen to some Western or even Hindi classic songs to develop in him a good taste in music. Now when it comes to choosing a Western classic song for their toddler, parents really get confused and don’t know where to start from. But don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Today we have compiled a list of 8 great Western classic tracks that you and your child will fall in love with. Always remember that children love contrast, so don’t just make them listen to a single song but mix quite a few songs from the options in the list below.

1. Radetzky March

Your toddler will hop with joy once he listens to this song. Its beats will make him want to beat the drum so you might want to hand him his drum-sets for this particular number. You can also make him march his way around the house as the beats of the song create a cheerful atmosphere in your living space.

2. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Now we are sure that just like every other child your child too is the proud owner of a fluffy teddy bear. So all you need to do before playing this wonderful track is to get that teddy bear out of the closet, as your child will dance with his teddy around his arms, after listening to this song. And we bet that after listening to this song you’ll also be singing it all the time – “Every teddy bear who’s been good is sure of a treat today.”

3. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

You might have read aloud bed time stories featuring the big bad wolf, to your toddler many times. But now is your chance to present it to him in the form of a melodious song. And we are quite sure that he’ll love it. Won’t you just love listening to him laugh, at the tunes of this song? Well, we understand that you certainly would. So why wait? Play your child this classic song today.

4. Water Music

It is not just good to make your toddler listen to classics that make him all jumpy and enthusiastic, but it is also necessary to play some music for him that helps him relax and calm down. And water Music is just perfect for setting this kind of mood. So the next time your child grows grumpy or throws tantrums – just play him this exquisite piece of classical music.

5. Carnival of the Animal

This song can be the perfect fun time activity for you and your kid. How? We’ll tell you. If your kid is slightly older (primary school level), then you can make him guess the various animals represented in the song. It will be fun for you to see if your child can identify them correctly or not. This song is a must have for your child’s playlist as it is not just melodious but also quite informative.

6. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Well, as already mentioned our blog posts have been keeping you informed about the positive effects of music on toddlers. One of these very important effects is the power to increase the mental ability of the child. It is proven that children that listen to music from an early age on are likely to develop better imagination powers. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka is one such track whose playful music renders higher imagination power to the children. So what are you waiting for? Just hit the button and give your child the ability to formulate his own dreams.

7. Run Rabbit Run

Now this is yet another classic that you can play to your child. You can even sing it along with him and encourage him to learn new songs and sing them aloud. We bet that he will remember the tunes of this song for years to come and associate it with positive memories.

8. How much is that doggie in the window

This song will be the perfect one to play for your toddler if you have a dog in the house. And even if you don’t, we are pretty sure that this song will still please your child. Playing your child classics like this one will surely have a very good impact on him and you’ll be able to witness it within a small period of time.

So which of the above listed tracks would you play for your child first? Do let us know about it. Also if you are looking forward to enroll your child into some music learning course then do give us a call to learn more about our Music is Fun program. This program is especially drafted for toddlers to develop their interest in the vast field of music and we can promise you that your child will get immense benefits from it. Do not hesitate to call us or write to us to know more about it. Till then keep spreading the love for music in your toddler.

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Music as a stress-buster for little children

January 16, 2017

If you think that young children have nothing to worry about as they don’t have to pay bills or deal with the situations of life, then you can’t be more wrong. Even young children have their own set of worries and stress to some extent. And as providers and caretakers it is the duty of parents to see that whatever stress their child has, it is dealt with. One thing that parents should note is that stress is not necessarily caused by the environment we stay in – many times it comes from within. It depends on the type of thoughts that are developing in the mind, and it is something that can become too overwhelming even for little kids. In pre-schoolers separation from parents can cause anxiety, as they get older academic and social pressure might cause stress. Apart from this many kids have a very tight schedule and they rarely find the time for any creative activities. Parents should also keep in mind to not discuss their personal problems in front of their kids as it might be a cause to the little one’s stress. Children tend to pick up parents anxiety and begin to worry about themselves.

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Other than all this, watching disturbing images on the television or an illness in the family adds up to the stress-level of children. And as parents you need to keep all these things in mind in order to protect your little ones. Now having discussed all the stress causing factors in children, the big question that still remains unanswered is that how you can free your child from stress and make him live a life devoid of worries and anxiety? Well, the answer to this question is – through the power of music. Yes, you read that right. Music has the power to help children overcome stress. Music has the ability to change our mood by
affecting the sub-conscious mind where all the negative thoughts dwell. And you as parents need to understand this and implement music in the day to day life of your child. We are sure that within a few weeks you’ll be able to see the effect of music in the life of your child when you’ll see him joyful and free from anxiety, all the time.

On that note let us discuss a few ways in which you can introduce your child to the world of music.

1. Make them join a music class

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Enrolling your child to a music class is the best thing that you can do to him to keep his stress at bay. At the music class your child will get to learn to play instruments and sing along with children of his own age group. This will keep him joyful and happy. (Click here to learn more about music classes for children.) Just in case your child has a very busy schedule and doesn’t have the time to travel distances to attend music classes, then don’t worry as we have a solution to your problem. You can bring music to your doorsteps by allowing your child music tuitions at home. (Click here to know more about music classes at the comfort of your home.)

2. Jam together with them at home

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Singing along with your child or playing an instrument with them or performing along with them at family functions, shall keep them involved and free from worries.

3. Make DIY musical instruments together

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Keeping your child engaged all the time by means of music is a great way to ensure that he has no time to think about anything negative. Hence, another activity that you can pursue with your child is making of DIY musical instruments at home. (Scroll down FSM’s blog and read the post on how you can easily make musical instruments at home.)

4. Start their mornings with some peaceful music

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Now when it comes to implementing music in the day to day life of kids, starting the mornings with some peaceful music is always a good idea. Moreover, you can start with some mantras that will have a positive effect on the child’s mind and he will look forward to spending a fun-filled day at school.

5. Play music in the car on the child’s way to school

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Most of us living in the metros get irritated by the heavy traffic situations, and our irritation can affect our children too. Hence, in order to avoid this situation you can play some nice, peppy music on the way when you go to drop your child at the school.

6. Take them to kid’s music shows and concerts

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Kids’ music shows and concerts happen a lot nowadays especially in big cities. Hence, you can plan a day out with your little one when you can go to attend some music show or concert that revolves around children.

7. Dance along with your child on a few numbers

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The combination of music and dance is a great stress-buster for children. The music and the physical activity help in keeping their minds fresh. So once in a while you too can practice dancing on a few numbers along with your little one.

8. Choose the right kind of music

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A very important thing that you need to keep in mind is that you should introduce your child to not just any kind of music but to the right kind. Avoid loud, rap songs that talk of negative emotions or violence – western classics or even Hindi classics would be a nice choice to begin with.

So implement music into your child’s life from today itself and embark him on his journey to a stress-free life.

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Music and Travel: 10 Bollywood songs to play when on a road trip

November 22, 2016

What is a journey without a soundtrack? A soft melody has the power to transport you to the land of memories, while you gaze at the road through the windshield of your car. A road trip with friends, without songs playing at full volume inside the car is incomplete. What makes these trips much more fun and interesting is the soothing music coming out of the music player. Apart from this, you and your friends singing along the track, while the wind meets your face, adds a bit of more sparkle to the trip. We are quite sure that all of you agree with us on these points. Music adds its colours to your trips. Even when you are going on a solo trip, you always have your headphones plugged on to your ears. The relaxing vibe of the music and the anticipation of the journey create a mixture of positive feelings in you.

Music while travelling is as essential as any other item in your travel kit. And we are sure that all of you carry your favourite playlist before heading on the road. But today, we have compiled a list of electric songs, which must be there in every traveller’s playlist. So before you start with that trip, have a look at these wonderful songs and if they aren’t already there in your playlist then add them to the list right away.

Yunhi chala chal rahi

This song from the movie Swades is one inspirational song to motivate you to keep your hunger for adventurous journeys, alive. So just hit play on your device and say hi to a journey full of rich experiences and magic.

Dil Chahta Hai

The title song of the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ is one classic song which will always stay alive in our hearts. This is that type of song which can never grow old. Imagine a wide road in which you are driving your car, while your friends sing this song along with the music player. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Tanha Dil

This song is just perfect for our lone souls that are heading for a solo trip. Solo trips are just perfect, aren’t they? They allow you to spend some quality time with yourself. So add some more sparkle to this journey by plugging in your earphones and listening to this song.

Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen

Timeless Bollywood classics like ‘Suhana Safar’ are pure gold. Songs like this make you realise that travel is the soul of life. So get lost in the wonderful melodies of this old tune, while heading towards your destination.

Hum Jo Chalne Lage

This is one song which will suit the occasion best if you are travelling with your beau. It will remind you of your lovely relationship and make you hopeful of the many trips which you will take together, in the coming future.

Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana

The lyrics of this song touch your heart. It rightly says that life is a journey where you do not know what is going to happen next. So take that long awaited trip before the sands of time run through the spaces in your fingers.

Ye Dil Na Hota Bechara

This is another song which you should play in your car if you are on a road trip with your partner. With romance in the air and this song on the player, your travel will be as good as planned.

Ilahi

While driving on the road, stop for a few minutes, play this song, and capture a few pictures with your camera. Allow the freshness of this song bring new energy in your life.

Patakha Guddi

This tempo and rhythm of this song is best suitable for a girl’s trip. All you need is to gather your gang, hit the road, play this song and embrace freedom.

Musaafir Hoon Yaaron

Naa ghar hai…naa theekana! Can you imagine yourself driving on a sunny road, while this song plays through the speakers of your phone? A wonderful sight, isn’t it? So go ahead and turn it into reality.

Do you have any favourite travel song? If yes, then do let us know about it in the comments below.

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