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Here are some quotes about the benefits of play and its contributions to children's learning.
"Do not....keep children to their studies by complusion but by play."
Greek Philosopher, 427-347 B.C.
"Almost all creavity involves purposeful play."
Abraham Maslow, psychologist
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
Diane Ackerman, Author of The Zookeeper's Wife
We have purposeful play in piano class. Each game song contains a very specific music concept to read. The children's first experience with the new music is aural learning. Singing games internalize the music for the children as they all have a turn playing the game, thus hearing it several times.
Reading the music comes afterwards. Students are quick to hear if they play a wrong note. "Oh, that's not how the song goes." They can usually correct their own mistake.
Children love to play. Whenever I say, "We have a new song in our piano book today", the first response is, "Oh good, a new game!" I feel just like them. I love teaching these game songs.
I agree with Diane Ackerman: "Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
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