It is said that music is the universal language. It speaks to something innate in all of us, something profound and undeniable. There’s a kind of music for everyone, a rhythmic language that offers a window or key to the soul. Music can affect us in many ways: it can move us, inspire us, help us tap into inexpressible feelings deep within us. Children are no different in this regard and in point of fact, music can offer developmental benefits for a child as well.
Most books on parenting stress the importance of exposing children to music at a very early age. While some skeptics may view this as frivolous and unnecessary, numerous scientific studies have shown the extraordinary impact music can have on a child's cognitive development.
Here are the top 10 proven benefits of music for children:
There’s a reason why children are taught songs and rhymes in preschool. They are a great mnemonic tool for learning and these sing-a-longs can be simply too catchy and enjoyable for children to ignore.
Assistance with Social Communication:
All children are unique but when they are singing or making music together, a communal connection is established. Music encourages shy children to interact and bond with their peers in a fun and meaningful way. Being part of a music group also instills the value of teamwork.
Music stimulates the brain, which in turn, affects our thinking. When listening to music, memories and thoughts float up in response. Many studies on this topic reveal that music stimulates parts of the brain that are responsible for the development of emotions, reading, and math comprehension.
Performing music can boost a child's confidence, whether it’s through singing, playing an instrument, or even dancing to a favorite tune. Even listening to music can spark a child's imagination, thus encouraging their own creative artistic expression, which in turn will develop their confidence.
Music can engender emotions and instruct children to express those emotions in healthy, beneficial ways. When there are no words to express overwhelming feelings that children can not comprehend , music can be a cathartic way to release that burden.
In the course of a child's musical education, they begin to understand that music relies upon tempo and rhythm, that songs are different from one another and have their own particular flow. When playing in a band, children learn the importance of timing and patience, virtues they can apply in their own lives.
Children who want to play a musical instrument will come to understand the rigorous discipline and hard work it takes to become a proficient musician. They will also begin to find that the tremendous effort and practice they put in, is a reward in itself.
Music can be a conduit for shared experiences and fulfilling communal interactions through the joyous connections that it creates. Artistic expression of one's feelings and thoughts can lead to empathy for others, which is a crucial part of human understanding and connectedness.
Music education and appreciation can bolster analytic thought, math skills, and creativity, in addition to being a fun way to engage a child's natural intellectual curiosity.
Children are fundamentally creative; it is readily apparent in almost all of their activities, whether it be in their drawings or the imaginative games they play, just to name two. Music can be another outlet for nurturing that creativity, especially when a child decides to pursue their own musical abilities.
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