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Mood of the Fifth: music and atmosphere that nurtures the young child


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What kinds of sounds surround our young children today? Are they predominantly surrounded by the noise of the latest technology including I-phones, TV, et cetera and amplified music, or are they surrounded by sounds of human voices, nature, singing and laughter? Or perhaps a combination of both? In Waldorf schooling of young children, we find that a certain atmosphere is most conducive to the young child’s development. We may call that atmosphere the Mood of the fifth, which is likened to a silk veil that gently hovers over the children, protecting their childhood and providing the perfect atmosphere for their development. The mood of the fifth also describes a specific type of music, which gently “holds” the children while supporting their natural tendency for movement and imagination.

This workshop, given by Sally Willig, MT-BC, MMT, graduate of the Dorion School of Music Therapy and teacher of mood of the fifth music, is designed to introduce parents to the mood of the fifth, the music of early childhood, to understand why such a musical mood nurtures the young child and to encourage greater awareness of the sounds that we as a adults take for granted without understanding the effects on our children. This 90-minute workshop will include background on the Mood of the fifth, with a brief summary of the Waldorf music curriculum, experiential exercises, and singing together.