Music plays a big role in a child’s early life and development. They do in fact, begin to respond to sound even when they’re in their mother’s womb.
From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy and to engage and interact. We use lullabies to rock babies to sleep, dance to rhythmic tunes with them and even to teach basic concepts such as the alphabet.
What are some of the other benefits that music can have on children?
It improves brain power
A study carried out in 2016 at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute, found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development. This was especially found to be the case when it came to language acquisition and reading skills.
According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (https://www.nammfoundation.org/), learning to play an instrument can also improve mathematical learning and even increase test scores.
Furthermore, music has the power to ignite all areas of child development which can help them get ready for school. It enables them to learn the sounds and meanings of words, build their motor skills, practice self-expression and strengthen memory skills.
It develops their social skills
Listening to music can help to improve a child’s social skills because they’ll have great fun singing or dancing to their favourite songs with their peers. As well as encouraging them to be sociable, music activities for pre-schoolers can also help them to bond with each other.
Participating in musical activities such as joining a singing club or becoming part of a band can also help them to develop valuable social skills such as how to relate with others, work as part of a team, leadership and how to appreciate rewards and achievement as well as disappointments.
It can help to build confidence
Whether your child is learning to play an instrument or has joined a dance, singing or drama club, they will be exposed to different types of music. One of the many benefits of music for toddlers is that it can really help them to build confidence as they realise they can develop skills of their own. As they get better at their hobby, this can give them the self-belief and confidence they need to help them in later life.
Dancing and playing an instrument helps children learn crucial coordination skills. Hand-eye coordination is improved when they continually practice playing the drums and bringing cymbals together and even playing a simple instrument such as the recorder teaches them to focus on where their fingers are moving as well as looking up at the sheet of music they’re reading from.
Exploring musical instruments also improves gross motor skills when partnered with moving about, like marching in a pretend band. Even simply dancing to different rhythms allows kids to develop whole body coordination.
It teaches discipline
One of the greatest benefits of music for toddlers is how learning to play an instrument or become a better singer teaches discipline and patience. Both of these activities require a lot of practice and when your kids pick up this habit, they learn the importance of discipline and following through. They soon realise that in order to get better, they need to put in the time which helps them become better disciplined in the pursuit of their goals.
At Tigers Day Nurseries we offer a number of music activities for pre-schoolers. If you would like further information about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.