Montessori clearly recognized the importance of music education for young children. She believed that children should be “charmed” and invited to make music(Montessori, 1964, p. 207). She spoke of many observations she made, noting how children’s natural rhythms and movements demonstrated an intrinsic musicality.
Montessori believed that music was a necessary part of a complete education, one that supported sensorial education and child-centered learning.
An integral aspect of Montessori’s educational philosophy is the idea that children learn best through sensorial experiences; they use their senses to reach natural and logical conclusions. Musical education provides a sensorial and aesthetic experience for children, and engages their tactile, auditory, and visual senses.
Musical experiences also provide children with opportunities for collaboration and communication.
Montessori offers a high quality music education to its students. Children at the toddler and Casa level receive music lessons in the classroom on a weekly basis. By the time students reach Upper Elementary, they may choose to join a string or vocal ensemble. The students engage in collaborative initiatives and learn to blend as a group. The numerous performance opportunities also allow them to develop grace and courtesy in front of an audience.
Private music instruction for piano, violin and voice is available to students who wish to learn an instrument in depth.