|Sara Harmon, 4, and her brother Michael, 21 months, of Camp Verde, play drums during the Camp Verde Community Library-sponsored Music for Tots program Tuesday at Camp Verde Town Hall, room 204. VVN/Bill Helm|
Music for Tots instructor Kelly Ireland leads young children and their parents in song Tuesday at Camp Verde Town Hall. Music for Tots partnered with the Camp Verde Community Library for the library's Summer Reading Program. VVN/Bill Helm
|Music for Tots partnered with the Camp Verde Community Library for the library's Summer Reading Program. Nikohl Brett of Mesa and her 1-year-old cousin Abby Mezulis, of Camp Verde, dance.|
CAMP VERDE - Kelly Ireland loves kids. And she loves music. Ireland, partnering with the Camp Verde Community Library's Summer Reading Program, presented Music For Tots on Tuesday at the Camp Verde Town Hall, Room 204.
Ireland uses a music and movement approach to early childhood music development for infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten children, as well as their accompanying parents. According to a statement on the Music For Tots website, musical communication is a basic life skill as important to a child's development as walking and talking. Musical activities stimulate both the creative and analytical sides of the brain simultaneously.
"This program helps bring communities together," Ireland said. "Often, we lack dance and celebration. This is all about celebrating together, all about the bonding.
"I am a strong advocate for bringing music to families of young children, as it forms strong bonds with parents and their little ones," Ireland continued. "We are all pre-wired for music and rhythm and the sooner that can be developed the more beneficial it is to the child."
Ireland began the program with vocal exercises, not by singing musical scales but by having her students sing random words and phrases. Children and adults then rolled a ball to each other as they sang. From there, the participants played with musical instruments, some traditional, such as drums, and with others more non-conventional, such as instruments made from plastic eggs.
"My child is a bit shy," said Camp Verde resident Alma Roy of her 5-year-old daughter Alicia. "This helped her. It's like school for her. With her, everything is learning."
Lake Montezuma resident Sarah Jensen said her children sing and dance at home, and that they enjoyed the Music for Tots program.
Through July, there are many other Summer Reading Programs and activities planned by the library. For more information, please call (928) 554-8387 or visit www.cvaz.gov/government/library.