Music is such an integral part of our society, and has been since the dawn of time. Singing, humming, and dancing brings us so much joy! Music is also a crucial part of your child’s early brain development. From infancy, songs are played to soothe and calm children, as well as to excite and engage them and help them learn. Studies show that children who learn an instrument, or who actively engage in music class, benefit from biological changes to their brain that can improve academic performance, boost their memory, and increase their IQ. A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that early musical experiences can accelerate a child’s acquisition of language and literacy skills.
How does it work?
To truly embrace the many cognitive benefits, the child needs to be fully engaged and an active participant in the creation and theory of music. Only through active participation will a child develop a “neurophysiological distinction” between different sounds, which allows their brains to hear and process new sounds and improve how the brain processes speech. Singing along to songs can strengthen memory skills, while dancing improves a child’s motor skills.
How else can music help my child?
In addition to intellectual development, music is also beneficial in helping your child to define their personality and sense of self. Music encourages creativity – whether your child is writing lyrics, creating sounds, or dancing along to a beat. Music can improve communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and it is believed that this stronger connectivity will foster creativity.
What can I do to encourage my child musically?
Music also offers children of all ages the chance to build confidence by providing a creative outlet for your child to better express his or herself. Children are not naturally self-conscious and don’t get shy singing! Even as infants, children will sway, clap their hands, and dance along to pleasing rhythms and beats. Many children love making up their own songs, and this can be encouraged by parents – try making up your own simple rhymes and songs for daily activities such as brushing teeth or washing hands. Children will respond positively to these, and the daily repetition will help boost memorization. We’ve also included a few resources at the bottom of this post that will help foster your child’s love of music!
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Here are some fantastic resources to bring a little more music into your child’s life:
Some fun musical games to play – games that mix learning with music. Good for children’s parties!
Songs to sing in the car – great to keep your kids entertained on long journeys!
The Singing Walrus – an amazing YouTube channel with great educational and action songs to get your little ones moving and grooving!