The power of music ~ We believe joyful music-making is a basic human right! Participating in music nurtures childrens' confidence, concentration, empathy, imagination, social skills and emotional expression, helping them to learn about themselves and the world around them...and, above all, experience happiness & joy!
Many research studies (collated by Susan Hallam at the University of London's Institute of Education, 2006 into a document called 'The Power of Music') have proved that music helps the brain 'process sound' better, boosting language and literacy skills, while mastering musical rhythm and learning to read music have both been shown to improve maths skills.
Music is also heavily linked to Sport as both utilise 'right-brain' skills such as coordination, creativity, initiative & reflexes as well as nurturing commitment, performance, collaboration & teamwork.
Freedom of movement ~ all babies are born with an innate sense of rhythm and are genetically 'wired' to enjoy & respond to music....but it is very much a case of 'use it or lose it'! We actively encourage all babies & toddlers at our classes to move, jiggle, dance, crawl, explore, i.e. to respond to the music in their own unique way.
Nurturing musicality ~ all Jiggle & Jam instructors are trained musicians, passionate about music and knowledgeable about babies' developmental stages. All songs are sung in tune & with gusto! We use real instruments (ukulele & percussion) to provide gentle, live accompaniment to enthral & engage without overwhelming little ears!
Feel the rhythm ~ we encourage babies and toddlers to FEEL the music through their bodies, using baby yoga-based stretches for the babies and rhythmic actions for the toddlers. This encourages the development of their natural rhythm, self-expression & musicality.
Time for a story ~ we also feel passionately about the relationship between music & language. The format of our classes is designed to encourage interaction between you and your child, while our repertoire of songs & rhymes are carefully chosen to boost your child's vocabulary and understanding of the world. In our Jammers classes, every song is linked together into an engaging story, firing their imaginations & absorbing them in the songs.
Local & loved ~ we are not a national franchise, but a local, independent business, exclusive to the Merton area. We are embedded in your local community and hold regular fundraising events to support it. Many parents continue coming to our classes for years, returning with subsequent siblings. Why not come along and join our growing Jiggle & Jam family?!