Why Music & Movement?

The relationship between music and movement has been observed probably as long as the human being walked on this earth. It only takes us to look at (almost) any child and their natural reaction to the sound of music, in which movement follows the perception of music practically immediately. 

And for the normal development of the child it is of paramount importance.

This simple but essential human phenomenon of "movement on music" finds its expression in the many dances of every culture in the world; and in artistic forms in ballet, eurythmy etc, Increasingly it is also acknowledged and developed as an important therapeutic tool.

But how and why does the hearing of music lead to movement?

The relationship between music participation in childhood and the later development of mathematical abilities has been known for a considerable time.  

Clarifying and researching the neuro-physiological pathways of the relationship between music, the brain and movement is only in its infancy, yet showing promising results. New brain-imaging techniques indicate a distributed neural pathway comprising locally specialized cortical areas, both receptive and expressive, which are involved in these processes.

Therefore there is an increasing body of knowledge underpinning the beneficial effects of active participation in music and movement in childhood on the healthy and balanced development of the human being.

Endeavours and initiatives like Kids Music Company strive to achieve exactly that ideal of balance.

Rene de Monchy MD, Psychiatrist