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The Pebble Class - A program for the musical, non-verbal promotion of children's violence-prevention skills


The Pebble Class, developed by Manfred Cierpka, Klaus Fessmann, Manfred Kniel and Andreas Schick, promotes social and emotional skills via musical, non-verbal means and the way it can contribute to violence prevention. The Pebble Class is a preventive program designed for use in kindergardens and elementary schools. Prevention based on the advancement of child development it is grounded on awareness of the fact that as a special form of communication music profoundly satisfies children’s needs with regard to listening, subjective experience, creativity, and communication, while at the same time exerting a positive influence on their mental/psychological selves. This is especially true for the development of social and emotional skills which takes place largely in the first year of life in the framework of non-verbal dialogue between children and their primary reference persons. In terms of preventive potential, these skills can be advanced if children are able to make up for any deficits they may have in the emotional sector by experiencing music as rhythm, melody, sound, and dynamics.

The pebble class includes 25 lessons of playing with stones. This mainly non-verbal promotion of social-emotional skills can complement the FAUSTLOS curriculum.