Why Music is Essential for Kids' Development
Music has been shown by researchers to have a significant impact on the development of small children. In particular, a structured introduction to music from a pre-school age has been shown to significantly improve a child’s memory, language and multi-tasking abilities well into their teen years.
This is primarily because it involves multiple learning centres of the brain simultaneously. For example, singing a simple song while clapping the beat involves lyrics (language), rhythm/beat (mathematics), clapping (gross motor skills), in addition to the memory centre of the brain. Using these centres simultaneously creates pathways in the brain that link these areas. Who knew singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star could be so involved?
So when I get asked by parents how they can or should get their pre-school aged child involved in music, my answer is always the same; Find fun ways for children to interact with the music they hear and the sounds of the world around them. Whether that be dancing to music together, or blowing air across the top of a bottle, it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to play an instrument to start learning music because we are all equipped with a musical instrument. Our own bodies. We can drum on our chest, on our knees or clap our hands. We can whistle a tune or involve the most important and musical instrument we each have; our own voice.
Over the week, I will be exploring some basic musical concepts for pre-schoolers and showing how you can explore these with your own children at home through musical games.
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