“We have always been aware of the beauty, mystery and power of music. Neuroscientists now show its power is even greater than we supposed, reaching into the very neurons with which we reason, remember and learn.”
~ Lisha Papert Lercari, 42nd Street Foundation, NYC
In 2001, The Bilingual Montessori School of Paris was offered the first European pilot project for a research-based educational model that recognizes the powerful link between early musical instruction and childhood cognitive development. Today Music and the Brain is an integral part of our program offered to all children.
The curriculum for Music and the Brain is designed around a core collection of international children’s songs, including popular, folk, and classical. Ear training involves pattern recognition, discussion of song form, composer, place of origin, and genre. Critical activities such as finger exercises, clapping rhythm, singing and movement are also used to prepare the children to go to the keyboard to play the song. The children regularly perform for one another and, at least once a year, for parents and friends.
This music program is complementary to our Montessori education when considered as a language to be absorbed through the natural development of the three senses: hearing, eyesight and touch.
It can support their proficiency in language, reading, mathematics and reasoning. Montessori children often learn to read music while, if not before, learning to read the written word.
“I think in Notes before I think in Words.”
~ Nadia Boulanger, French Composer and Pianist