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Children and Music: Importance of Music in Child Development

by David Barnes Baseball enthusiast


At a very young age children are introduced to different types of melodies, tunes and music, which become a significant aspect of their mental, emotional and physical development. In school and later on in education music is often used as an efficient tool for helping in memorizing and learning, as well as for improving communication and for boosting confidence. Being a musical kid brings about various benefits during upbringing and later in adult life.

FROM SINGING TO SPEAKING

One fantastic thing you’ll notice about a young child that takes music lessons or learns through music is the amazing advantage in speech and sound articulation compared to non-music kids. Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words. In the early process of language acquisition, familiarizing children with nursery rhymes, catchy tunes and songs helps children gain more confidence in speaking and using language easily and appropriately.

UNLEASHED PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY WITH PLAYING

The best gift you can give to your child is a skill of playing an instrument. A common misconception is that only talented kids should bother singing or playing music - on contrary! Taking music lessons can help your child become smarter, more disciplined and focused. What’s more, listening to different musical genres and getting interested in the artistic aspect of music creation and consumption is great for unleashing the creative monsters in your child and letting them take over other areas of life.

The sooner your child is introduced to music playing, the better. Parents play the most important role in musical education when it comes to expanding a child’s musical horizon. For many years, researchers have been pointing out that children whose families are more musically orientated are considerably more developed in their musical behavior than children who experience a less musically orientated environment. Resources like Music Groupies and similar websites are a great place for finding useful information on best instruments and music equipment needed for achieving a proper playing experience for your child.

MUSIC AND THE BRAIN

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have influence on your child’s brain development? Studies have found a correlation between early childhood music instruction and gray matter expansion. Compared to amateurs and non-musicians, musically instructed children were found to have more gray matter in the auditory, motor, and visual-spatial areas of the brain. The strengthening of certain areas of the brain through repeated use will lead to more gray matter.

This means that involving your child into music-making process will have influence on their cognitive skills development in general, such as memory, concentration, paying attention and thinking . Combined with movement and dancing, music gives children an opportunity to make spatial relations, successfully memorize choreographies, simultaneously think about movement and singing, which helps in overall skill enhancement.

That being said, it’s important to understand that singing or playing some music to kids won’t give the same results in this matter as teaching a child how to play an instrument or compose and make music. The famous “ Mozart effect” in this case is still questionable, so giving a child the opportunity to be a part of music-making process will be more efficient for brain development.

BOOSTED IQ?

Most parents secretly encourage their children to play an instrument in order to discover a new prodigy, but it happens almost never. In any case, musical training can in some ways help your child with improving intelligence. Although he or she may not become Einstein, there is evidence that fluid intelligence (the ability to solve new problems, use logic in new situations, and identify patterns) can be improved through musical training. However, evidence in actual IQ boosting still stays inconclusive. Nevertheless, giving your child the opportunity to play an instrument won’t certainly prove to be a waste of time, since it can help in setting good examples for acquiring good learning methods and habits.

MUSIC AND SOCIAL CONNECTING

“Music connects people” may be an overused phrase, but in this case it’s perfectly applicable. Kids like dancing, singing and pantomime, they repeat what they hear and see, and usually like to share it with others. Music develops children’s verbal and motor skills, it gives them confidence and energy to explore the world around them and share it with others. If a child is struggling with being too shy or adapting socially, learning to play an instrument or sing can be an efficient way of dealing with social anxiety, stress or isolation. Being a musician may help in overcoming stage fright, learning how to be in the spotlight and facing the fear of performing in front of strangers, friends and family.




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