Chief Curriculum Advisor Eva Sum

Each child is a unique creation. A child, like a budding plant, will blossom only if there are the right conditions for healthy growth – good soil, clean and adequate amount of water, sunshine… Parents and teachers, like gardeners, need to learn how to provide the right kind of ‘nutrients’ to uncover the uniqueness of the children and realise their innate potentials.

The provision of early and appropriate stimulation is very important for life-long development. Failing to do so will hinder their capacity to acquire new knowledge in later childhood. This is a consensus view among different developmental psychologists and neurophysiologists. There are ‘critical periods’ in infancy and early childhood during which development of certain perceptual, sensori-motor, social and language systems depends crucially on environmental stimulation.

Among different types of stimulation, music has proven to be one of the most effective and fundamental. It helps children not only develop a musical sense but more so, it can stimulate their young brains to facilitate skills in other areas such as cognitive, spatial, attention and psycho-emotional development. More crucially, nurturing music skills in early childhood is brings richness for them to appreciate life. As parents, this will be the best gift they can give to their loved ones.