Why is Music Important in Child Development?
Through music, children can:
- Better appreciate rhythms
- Creatively express themselves
- Think in fresh ways
- Learn more about their emotions (music also affects their mood)
- Practice their language skills by listening to and reciting the lyrics
- Stimulate their brains (crucial to their rapid brain development)
Listening to music is also a way for children to learn more about the world and make sense of it. For example, through listening to music and different sounds they can associate them to various emotions, environments and events.
Music and child development
Music also helps build a better relationship with children. If you sing a soothing song or play relaxing music, your child will feel safe and more loved. This will also help strengthen the bond between you and your child.
With this feeling of safety and love, their young minds can better focus on learning and having fun. At an early age, they can also form positive expectations and perceptions about the world around them. This can help them become more open to new experiences and environments. It can also encourage them to explore and get along with other children.
Music and brain development
Music requires the use of both sides of the brain. As a result, children can use both their logical and creative side when they listen to music. More important brain connections also form which can make them think faster and come up with fresh solutions.
Listening to music is also fun. This helps the children’s brain become more open or receptive to learning. After all, children tend to pursue fun activities and experiences and avoid unpleasant ones. If they associate learning with fun, they will always have a great time whenever they learn a new concept or improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
Listening to music is just one way to help children with their development. Other activities are also crucial and they complement one another in helping children develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. When children gain a variety of learning experiences, their brains form important connections that can help them with their long-term educational journey.