Our collection of simple sound makers and small musical instruments offer a first encounter for children in the primary phase to the wonder and joy of original sound creation. Each one of the selected instruments is easy to handle and hardly needs any instruction. The child learns to understand that musical instruments are not mere toys but invite a respectful and caring handling.Musical Instruments in the Learning Field and Classroom
Children musical instruments can be very useful learning tools for motoric and movement skills, sensory awareness, creative and concentration capacity, expression and communication, space and environing awareness, time perception of rhythms and cycles, and last but not least social skills. They can contribute substantially to the unfolding of intelligence and emotional balance, through creative self expression, and support physical wellbeing, all together aiming at an integral development of the growing child.
The inherent, unseen quality of sound reminds and opens the child to the mystery of life, hidden in the apparently inanimate world of matter. This special life giving, 'pranic' quality of musical instruments had always been revered in the Indian Tradition and held sacred and it is important that the growing child learns from the beginning to approach and handle musical instruments not as mere toys but with this attitude of wonder and respect. Thus introduced, musical instruments can become helpers and friends for the child and are clearly differentiated from other learning materials and toys. It is clear through this that the placement and storage of musical instruments in the learning environment shall be chosen with careful consideration, possibly combining it with the creation of a 'sacred space' which the children can approach on their own according to need and tendency.
In this way the explorations and play with sound and music also get their special role and place in the educational work for individual and group development, offering an opening to the inner planes of the being and the spiritual dimensions of life.Pentatonic TuningIn the history of human evolution, culture diverse musical approaches and systems have been explored and utilized, and it is an interesting study to see the correlations between geography, climate, acculturated expressions and the universal principles of sound, melody and rhythm.
In the development of the child the different evolutionary steps and phases are reflected and lived through according to the environing and cultural settings, following the patterns of primal human musical explorations and then evolving forms of more sophisticated musical creativity.
As we first perceive the created world of 5 elements through our 5 senses and use our hands with the help of 5 fingers so also in music the 5 tone scales or 'pentatonics' constitute an elementary form and are found with many indigenous peoples around the world, expressed in many sacred - work- healing chants and children songs.
The pre-school child still lives in this original 'dream' state of oneness with the world around it, not yet stretched in the polarity of life between the above and below, - and the encompassing harmony of the semitone free Pentatonics support and enhance this innocent, childlike contact with the inner laws of an ordered, 'cosmic' reality. This, in contrast to the often harsh, chaotic and overloaded influxes of modern materialistic orientated contemporary culture onto the sensitive child, can offer the growing soul a sound and healthy alignment and playful learning experience with the harmonic principles of creation. Svaram has explored since several years the diverse affects and moods of Pentatonic scales from different cultures and utilizes them now in most of their tuned series of instruments used for educational settings. For the primary sector we have selected the most common and universal form of the scale originated from a series of 5 pure fifths brought into the wholeness frame of an octave. This melodic material can offer the child a ready opportunity to tune in and stay connected with the 'harmony of the spheres'.