MUSIC AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS – FLEXIBILITY AND FLOW

The research project regarding how the music could help the development of the executive functions is continuing, with the help of the researchers of the UCL and the Harvard University.

As part of the research UCL asked me to conduct the sessions without speech and audible direction. Working with 3-4 years old children in a completely environment it’s really challenging.

Today I felt that something clicked in the children and in me as well. We were naturally flowing between the activities, moving from one to another with no stops, with no need to speak.
Children were really engaged by the music, the movement and the body language.
To lead the sessions with no use of language, I need to use my body, my facial expressions and the voice, plus a good amount of creativity and imagination.

“Flexibility” is the word that can describe this kind of pedagogical approach: I can plan the session and its steps, but then when the group is in front of me, I need to be able to improvise and change me plans based of the needs of the children.

This kind of sessions is a big learning for me: it requires me to be present at 100%, to think quickly, to improvise and in the mean time I need to feel relaxed. This is the point: I can’t make music and teach if I’m not feeling fine because music for me is energy, relaxation, rhythm, FLOW.

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