By Adrienne Pringle, Music Therapist & Music Teacher, Co-Founder of Beyond the Studio
The world of imagination and play is a necessity for healthy growth and development. Many children easily live in a space between imagination and reality. For children at play fantasy and dreams feel real and exciting. Sharing experiences of imagination, play, and healthy relaxation time can nurture parent child bonds, teach your child strategies for unwinding and help children (and parents) to access their inner creative self. One way that adults and children alike can access this dream-like imagination space is through music. Here is an 8 step guide for using music to access imagination – enjoy!
Step 1 – Find a quiet space where you can lie down or rest in a comfortable position together
Step 2 – Select recorded music – from film or from the classical – even a 3 minute excerpt will work. I like the music of film composers like John Williams and Ennio Morricone. The Lord of the Rings instrumental selections provide access to grand, sweeping landscape imagery. Music from the Romantic composers such as Sate, Smetana or Mussorgsky provide a completely different experience intended to convey stories and places in the mind of the listener.
Step 3 – Focus on your breath, listen or feel for your heart beat, close your eyes, be calm
Step 4 – Tell your child to picture a stage with curtains, when the music begins the curtains will draw back and the imagination show will start
Step 5 – Listen to the music together in silence
Step 6 – Open your eyes and stretch
Step 7 – Grab a piece of paper and markers and draw your imagination journey
Step 8 – Share what you experienced with one another