At Play

By admin on March 27, 2013 in In Practice
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In designing playgrounds, especially children’s, the emphasis has been focused on the physical aspect of play. Recent developments now consider and incorporate other senses like hearing, touch and smell leading to Sensory Gardens and Sound Sculptures.

Sound Sculptures, or musical instruments for playground have added new dimensions to outdoor playground and park play. Musical education has proven beneficial to the development of children in improving a variety of skills. As a trained musician and composer Kim Bowman has experienced the challenge and systems working in the brain when performing and writing music. There is a major mathematical sense at work that functions as a wonderful organiser in brain activities.Furthermore music can touch on various emotions. Much more advantage should be taken from these qualities in educational systems. If a child hears fine music from the day of birth, and learns to play it, he or she develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance.

Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop a musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak. Everyone can make music. In many parts of the world music is part of the household or social group. In our society, non-professional sports people aren’t afraid to have a social game of cricket, or football. You don’t need to be a professional musician to make music.