As children grow, they need a wide variety of experiences to keep them engaged, entertained, and educationally well-balanced. Music helps accomplish all three of these goals. As part of a well-rounded curriculum, music gives children opportunities to develop social, organizational, motor, and academic skills. Unlike more traditional educational activities, children participate in music-based activities without complaining.
Music encourages young children to dance, play, sing, and learn when presented in the classroom. They sing the alphabet, count numbers, and perform simple math problems. They interact with other children and gain confidence in their vocal abilities. Music gives children new and exciting input during a time when their brains are developing rapidly every day.
Researchers believe that music benefits early brain development.
Scholars such as Gottfried Schlaug, M.D. Ph.D. have long believed that music provides multiple early childhood development benefits. As a result, Schlaug has spent time analyzing childhood music training and brain performance. He found a connection between music and enhanced visual-spatial reasoning, verbal memory, and math through his research. In addition, other researchers have found that music helps a young child’s cognitive development and increases childhood IQs.
Music therapists have found that music serves as a form of physical and psychological therapy in both adults and children. Former Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords is a classic example. In a PBS News Hour video, she discusses how playing an instrument helped “rewire” her brain after a severe head injury.
Some studies have disputed the music/brain connection. However, many other researchers continue to find supportive evidence. For example, a recent Canadian study found “…positive relationships…” between music instruction in school and English, Math, and Science achievements.
Music’s visible benefits
Even if you don’t fully agree with music/brain development research, you’ll find plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports music’s many benefits.
- Group music activities help children develop social skills. It promotes childhood interactions and communication.
- Music entertains children and uplifts them when they’re in a not-so-social mood.
- Singing helps children develop more vital verbal skills.
- When music lessons are a consistent part of a child’s day, it helps them develop the daily routines and organizational skills they’ll need as they grow.
- If you’ve ever noticed your child while they’re watching Sesame Street, you’ve probably noticed how they learned math, language, and other skills simply by singing along.
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