Amazing Benefits of Music for Children
Children respond to sound even before they are born. Music plays a big role in a child's early life and development. We use lullabies to rock our babies to sleep, dance to rhythmic tunes with them, and even use songs to teach basic concepts such as the alphabet. Here are 6 amazing benefits of music for children:
- Music improves academic skills - by developing listening, reading and writing skills, improving fluency of speech, and communication. Music helps in math too, by understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.
- Music develops physical skills - Through playing easy instruments such as percussion instruments, help children develop coordination and motor skills.
- Music helps develop cognitive skills - Singing to favorite songs and listening to music stimulate different patterns of brain development. Children's memory power, concentration, spatial intelligence, and thinking skills improve through exposure and active participation in musical experiences.
- Music Enhances social skills - Through music-making, kids develop social-emotional skills, such as better self-control, higher self-esteem and confidence. By playing music in groups kids learn to give and take, wait their turn, and encourage those who are struggling to keep up with the group. All of these experiences help in school readiness.
- Music refines discipline and patience - Playing music help children to calm down. It helps to slow down the pulse and heart rate, lower blood pressure. Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.
- Music boosts self-esteem - Classes offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. In group lessons, children learn that nobody, including themselves are perfect.
The early years of childhood is a period of rapid development. Researchers believe that the earlier a child is exposed to music, the more effectively his brain responds to stimulation. Music training (through playing and listening to music) before the age of seven has significant effect on parts of the brain. Therefore, make music part of your child's life by signing up for classes today.