Musical exploration is essential to any early childhood program. Through music-making, children are actively engaged with their senses: they listen to the complex sounds around them, move their bodies to the rhythms, and touch and feel the textures and shapes of the instruments. The inimitable strength of the Montessori classroom is the focus on child-centered learning. Music stimulates the senses, and guided by the teacher’s direction, children begin taking ownership of their music making and, in turn, share their experiences with their peers.
We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe,’ but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.