Our Passion

MUSIC BRINGS US JOY!  We want to share that joy with your child.

Wriggle and Rhyme’s passion is to reach children with intentional music-based activities, while their brains are growing and developing.

But, why choose a music-based programme for your baby, toddler or pre-schooler?

Children engaged in music-based activities have fireworks going off in both hemispheres of their brains!

Babies recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words. They often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able.  Music has a profound effect on building listening skills, motor skills and early language development.

Toddlers love to move to music.  Music can be used to engage with their active imaginations and embed learning in their memories, especially as their speech and social skills evolve.

Pre-Schoolers are increasing in independence and enjoy singing and stimulation in a fun and engaging way.  Using music as catalyst for learning and memory, we can build skills that help with literacy and numeracy later on.  We can also use music to teach about team work as they move away from “parallel play” into more interactive social situations.

Sound familiar?  Here’s the Science …

Any parent or educator will bear witness to the effects that engaging in music-based activities have on babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

But, now we have scientific research to prove that these effects have ongoing, profound implications …

“A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase academic scores later in life.

But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Moving to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practise self-expression.  Music also helps to strengthen memory skills.”*

Other recent research in the field of music and neuroscience, by Dr Anita Collins produced fascinating results.  Dr Collins used FMRI and PET technology to demonstrate that participating in intentional music-based activities, engages both sides of the brain, strengthening the corpus callosum in the process – the bridge responsible for “executive function”**.

This research is deeply exciting for us, because it demonstrates what we’ve known, through our experience in music education, to be the case all along.  Children engaged in music-based activities have fireworks going off in both hemispheres of their brains – the creative, emotional side and the mathematical, analytical side!

So, why choose Wriggle and Rhyme over other programmes out there?

Developed locally in South Africa in 2008, we have a proven track record of spreading our passion for music education for the past 9 years.

We bring music to life, using props, puppets, teaching aids and instruments in our thematic, termly programmes.  These unique age-appropriate programmes are so rich in learning outcomes, with the children having so much fun, they don’t even realise that they’re learning so much!

We are passionate about quality, both in the classes we present and the level of service we believe our customers and pre-schools deserve.

https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/e-family-news/2010-music-and-children-rhythm-meets-child-development

** http://www.anitacollinsmusic.com/neuroandmused/