Imagination and creativity – take note of the role of music!

In last week’s blog, we thought about how music impacts our memory.  We discovered that one of the key reasons for this is the way that music is able to impact all areas of our brain simultaneously.

This week we’re thinking about the impact of music on our imaginations … and ultimately our creativity.

We all know from our own experiences that music touches our emotions.  Listening to a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” can leave us feeling nostalgic or melancholy; whereas listening to the “Imperial Stormtroopers March” can suddenly make us want to enrol as a Jedi, and head into space!

This emotional response can also affect our energy levels.  For example, if you’re wanting to jog faster, you might pop on an up tempo song.   Wanting to boost your mood?  You might pop on a dance song that reminds you of a fun experience in your past.  Wanting to calm an unsettled baby?  You might pop on some soothing instrumental music while you cuddle and reassure him / her.

Is it possible that this connection with our emotions, is also what makes music such a strong catalyst for steering our imaginations?

“Logic will get you from A to Z … Imagination will get you everywhere” – Albert Einstein

Author and Editor, Amy Fries thinks so!  She’s written a book called “Daydreams at Work: Wake Up Your Creative Powers” where she talks about the power of music to activate our imaginations and spark creativity.

She says, “Some people have auditory daydreams.  In other words, instead of primarily visualizing a scene or creation, they hear the “sounds of music.” Both Mozart and Tchaikovsky wrote about how they would “hear” compositions as they took long walks or rides in the countryside.”

This is absolutely fascinating to us … but also makes a lot of sense.  Imagine if we could harness the power of music to help children to stimulate their imaginations and ultimately their creativity!

So, that’s exactly one of the things we want to do in our Wriggle and Rhyme classes …

Working with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, we harness the power of the imagination in our programmes.  In fact, our programmes have been intentionally designed to use music as a catalyst for imagination.

For example, in our RHYMERS (18 months – 3 years) programme this term, the children are enjoying a musical adventure to the seaside, meeting all the little creature friends that they find on the beach and in the rock pools.  While on this adventure, they’re building their own imaginary world, which they can then access during their own free play time.

Colin the Crab is one of the creatures that we meet on our imaginary adventure!

We believe that as children grow and develop, we need to create more spaces for them where imagination can flourish.

More spaces for them to express themselves emotionally and creatively.

More spaces for them to ultimately expand their horizons … into worlds that they can only imagine!

The Wriggle and Rhyme programme uses music to help children to do just that!