Listening and music work together. Music can play in the background while we do a task: children playing, a sage or caregiver completes a task. But that is not the same as ACTIVELY listening to music attending to the music that is being played or performed.

Check out Evelyn Glennie’s thoughts about listening:

Assisting those for whom we care to actively listen can take several forms. Children often do well when given a specific task.


Check out these posts on Music Sparks:

Have instrumentalist and vocalist share music.

For some children, books are a good way to increase interest.

  • 15 Books About Music ( )
  • Hip Hop Dog is a great share as it mentions a few styes/genres.
  • Other singable books are also great shares

Moving to music and guiding the listening are also helpful. Check out (affiliate link)

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