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Music gives children the opportunity to explore feelings and express themselves in ways that support or go beyond verbal communication. Teachers should involve children in musical activities as a whole class, in groups, individually and during play.

Children in the Foundation Stage should actively engage with the core musical activities of composing, performing and listening.

Composing gives children rich opportunities to develop their creativity by experimenting with musical ideas.

Performing allows children to make their musical ideas real by singing or playing an instrument. Sharing their musical creations can help to develop children’s self-esteem and confidence, along with their ability to listen to others and value their contributions.

Listening and responding to their own and others’ music making are important musical activities that help children to develop focus and concentration.

See our activity suggestions for ideas on how to plan for Music in the Foundation Stage.


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