Combining music and teaching lessons isn’t a new idea. For years, children have learned their ABCs, multiplication facts, and countless other lessons through the power of music. Can the benefits of music affect children’s development? Could singing along or learning to play instruments be the key to education?
How does music affect a child’s life?
Every day, children are confronted with an array of musical experiences. From whatever is playing on the radio to theme songs on television shows, music can be found everywhere. Have you ever wondered whether it’s a good thing for your kids? According to research, there are a number of developmental benefits that music could help introduce to your children.
- Increased Brain Development
- Memory Retention
- Hand-Eye Coordination
Increased Brain Development
Grow your child’s brain with music! Between having to focus on the different musical notes and pitches, learning music is known to greatly boost different parts of the brain. According to a study on the brain, it was found that children’s brains actually develop faster with some type of music education. The study concluded that learning to play instruments speeds up the maturation of the auditory pathway in the brain, making it easier for children to distinguish different sounds.
Have children listen to music while they read or complete assignments to increase their memory skills. Because stress can distract our brain from working properly, music has been found to relax the brain allowing it to retain information. For children, music could be the solution to helping the drown out nearby noises so that they can pay attention.
In the same way, use music in fun activities to learn multiplication facts, state capitols, or their alphabet. Studies show that dividing pieces of information into “chunks” can help you remember it later, especially if it’s split into a melody. As children’s brains are developing, introducing songs with repetitive melodies will greatly increase their ability to recall the information later. That’s the power of music!
Pro Tip: Helping your children succeed doesn’t have to end when the school bell rings. Enroll them in an after school program to provide extra guidance and supervised playtime with their friends.
Improve your child’s motor skills by having them play a musical instrument. Between holding the instrument, playing the keys, and reading the music, you can teach them to use both sides of their brain simultaneously. Moreover, much like catching a ball or writing their name, music lessons are a great way to increase their hand-eye coordination. By requiring both hands to work together, playing an instrument can help develop their ability to respond quickly and efficiently.
Spark Interest in Music
Have you considered introducing music to your children? Between increasing brain development and helping them remember key facts, there are a number of ways music could be used for education. Whether it’s in the classroom or at home, music is a great way to make learning fun in your child’s life!
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