Music and singing play an integral part of our culture. You will find that music is present in many aspects of our lives: movies, television, celebrations, holidays, worship, military ceremonies, and government. At home, music can become an important part of our culture- a natural part of our daily experience. Right from birth, parents use music as a way of soothing the child and showing them love and care. Parents can continue to build on these natural instincts by learning how music can positively impact a child’s development. Studies have shown that music and music training provide a wealth of benefits to children. Read on to find some of the benefits of music in early childhood.
How Music Education Benefits Early Childhood Development
- Brain Development
A recent study carried out by the Brain and Creativity Institute in Southern California found out that musical experiences in early childhood can accelerate brain development particularly in areas of reading skills and hand-eye coordination. The institute also found out that learning how to play a musical instrument can improve a child’s ability to understand mathematics.
- Improve Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
When a child builds skills at a speed that is directly related to the amount of work put into it, that child will see the benefits of his labor. It’s empowering and encouraging for a child to see how much he/she can achieve through his own efforts. Also, music is meant to be performed! Developing the required courage to stand in front of family, friends and even strangers can build a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Better Test Score
Both professional and non-professional musicians can attest to the fact that focus is needed to improve skills and also perform with confidence. The ability to listen carefully, concentrate and maintain a regular practice schedule, benefits a child in academic areas. As children continue to encounter situations with high pressure and continue to concentrate on the same areas for an extended period, they will find it easier to practice, study effectively and efficiently, which may later lead to high test scores.
- Improved Language Development
Studies have shown that learning music requires the same part of the brain that is required for language development. Embracing new melodies, singing and playing an instrument such as a piano thickens the web of circuits’ important for comprehension and sound processing. Children who are proficient in verbal communication tend to have the upper hand in both a social setting and educational. This is a benefit that will be magnified as time goes on.