The Importance of Music in Your Child’s Development
01/22/2016 11:55AM ● Published by Hood Magazine
Tired of the same silly songs in the car or playing from your child’s favorite toy? Don’t be! Those songs are benefiting your child’s development in ways far beyond what you can see and hear. How is that possible and how can you ensure the best benefits for your child?
Music is academic. Participating in listening, singing, or playing music allows children to build and strengthen the neural connections in their brain to prepare for more learning. These connections are built through exposure to new situations and occur continuously in infants. The repeated exposure to music helps build neural connections that serve as building blocks that aid in language acquisition later on. Research continues to indicate that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance. Music requires the use of neural connections on both the left and right sides of the brain. How to help: Expose your child to various styles of music and encourage them to sing and move with music from an early age.
Music is emotional. Being part of the human race means we are emotional human beings and requires some form of artistic outlet. Music is an art form that just may be your child’s vehicle of expression. Participating in music not only helps develop your child’s own artistic expression and understanding of themselves, but also fosters an appreciation for all art forms and respect for the process of art making. How to help: For children from infants to seven years, sign up for a Kindermusik class and for older children, individual or group lessons on an instrument of their choice.
Music is physical. Among the many benefits of music participation, one that is often overlooked is that of physical coordination. Learning to keep rhythm and sing or play an instrument develops coordination. How to help: Encourage your child to move and keep a beat to music.
Music is for life. Music is an activity with no age limit. While most people eventually have to give up playing sports when they get older, they can continue playing music their entire lives. How to help: Provide your child with the opportunity to study music. Sign them up for music lessons, their school band, chorus, or orchestra, or have them participate in a community choir.
Music is an incredible gift to your child, and one that can provide benefits their whole life through. Children that participate in music become well-rounded adults. So, the next time you reach to turn off that music you’ve heard far too many times, think about the incredible benefits it’s providing your child.