Harmony Music Garden provides outdoor musical instruments in an garden environment. It is a natural space that connects song to literacy, dance and creativity.
Transforming empty space into an outdoor classroom:
HARMONY GARDEN is responsive to the research in language development. We have long known that music is critical to language development. The element of the beat lies inside all language. When children speak nursery rhymes and pat steady beat, they speak more clearly. When teachers encourage children to keep patting steady beat while they sing, no one child races ahead to finish the song first. Children also sing more “in tune,” and enunciate more clearly when following a beat. We believe this outdoor feature will be of great interest to children who have no experience with acoustical instruments and benefit children learning English as a second language.
We are grateful to the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation in supporting innovative and engaging early learning programs.
Howler and Samuel Pena of the AZ Beat Lab lead our Harmony Garden educator workshop: