Importance of Music in Child Development
Music always finds a way to sneak into our minds and play over and over again. We find it extremely easy to memorise parts of our favourite songs. Recent studies have confirmed that musical emotion, perception, and memory can survive much longer compared to other forms of cognitive and memory functions. This is why many early childhood educators make extensive use of music to promote the learning process for children. You can also use music to smooth the process of child development and improve your child’s social skills.
Mentioned below are some simple ways music can help your child learn and grow.
- Music is a great way to imprint words into the memory of a child. As songs mostly make use of natural language, they help children understand how a language works to make sense. While singing a song, they can learn new words without much difficulty. This can play a critical role in a child’s language and content development process. By picking up new words through songs, they also learn how to use these words in the right context.
- Rhyming is an extremely important pre-reading skill that can be imparted rather easily via music. Rhyming plays an integral role in the concept of phonemic awareness, and helps immensely in the process of understanding language and literacy. Practicing rhyming provides emergent readers a sense of different sounds and how these sounds work in tandem in a language. When rhymes are consistently used in a song, teachers can pause the song and ask students to identify the rhyming words that can fill the next line.
- While singing with their friends, teachers, or family members, children often express their feelings. Songs can bring about all types of emotions including joy, excitement, happiness, calmness, and even melancholy. Singing also creates an opportunity for teachers and parents to talk to children about the role of music in affecting our feelings and moods. Understanding the connection between music and emotion can also further a child’s social-emotional learning.
- Singing together in the classroom is a social and cultural experience that makes children feel like part of a group. This collective classroom experience is an extremely effective way to promote collaboration. For an introvert child, singing together in the classroom can help him or her open-up, socialize and feel connected. By singing diverse types of music with them, it is possible to introduce children to different musical genres and cultures.
- We all know that music gets us moving. In case of young children, singing often involves dancing and moving. While playing a song for children, teachers and parents should encourage them to feel the music and express the same through movement. They can make the music more physical for the young ones by bringing in toy hoops, scarves, instruments, etc.
If you have any other questions about the developmental needs of your child, please feel free to seek advice from the experts at WillowBee. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping each child develop to their fullest.