For many years Marion has been delivering an early childhood music program to children which introduces them to basic musical concepts and the joy of music making.
“Studies show that music can activate all the different lobes of your brain especially when you’re playing something new that you haven’t played before,” Marion says.
The ability of music to reach beyond words, to the world of universal feelings can offer a way of expression that can be liberating.
“There are limitations in language and other ways of expressing yourself,” says Marion. “Music gives you a way to say things that can’t be said in any other way."
Music can be grounding in unexpected ways. It can also offer children a way to bond with the local community and environment.
Sound Story with Natural Materials is one of Marion’s favourite activities and it offers children a way to do all of the above.
Marion recommends letting it evolve over a few days and a collaborative approach is key to its success – it’s all about the process. One caution though, it’s important to ensure children don’t pick toxic plants in Step 1.