THE IMPACT OF MUSIC ON KIDS
We all love music in some form, but have we ever taken the time to truly think about the benefits it has on our life? When you’re feeling down it can cheer you up, when you’re feeling on cloud 9 you might want to go dance to music or sing at the top of your lungs. When you are feeling stressed it can help calm us. The list goes on and on. I know I fall asleep every night to relaxation music, it helps to slow my mind from the craziness of my day. Even as I write this I have calm music playing to help me channel my thoughts. Babies begin hearing music even when in their Mother’s womb and their desire for music never goes away in life.
Music has been shown to help the learning process.
Music has been shown to increase the speed at which your child can solve problems because learning how to play an instrument or sing makes your child think and helps them to be more coordinated. While learning an instrument, your child uses the same abstract reasoning skills that they use in maths. There are even some schools in the US that are beginning to make music a required part of the curriculum to help their students improve their scholastic scores.
The Social Effects of Music
Playing an instrument or singing can help your child gain confidence. They will feel proud of themselves when they can sing or play an instrument. The most important thing is that music will keep your child busy and let him or her be involved with something that is educational instead of just sitting in front of the television. Lastly, since music is something that is enjoyable and soothing, it will help to relieve your child's stress during school days.
Music Helps in Academic Achievement
There is no doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains. Science has proved that learning to play music makes kids hear and process sounds that aid to literacy, which leads to improved academic results in children. It is also seen that kids who learn to play music perform better in standardized tests.
Kids Learn to work towards success
In music, a mistake is a mistake. A music coach of my son’s always said if you're going to make a mistake “make it loud and proud!” Successful performance comes with hard work. Through music, kids learn the value of consistency and hard work to work towards excellence. They also learn to stretch their inner resources which helps them perform better in all fields.
Enhances Teamwork and Discipline
When your child learns music and plays for an orchestra, all players need to play together and harmoniously having only one goal in mind. Attending rehearsals and practices make them perform at their best.
Gives Child the Means of Self-Expression.This ultimately enhances self-esteem in these kids.
Enhances Skills Needed at Workplace
By encouraging your child to learn music, you are helping him or her perform anywhere in the world. It teaches the child to synchronize with others.
As you can see music has many positive effects on your child. Make music a part of your child's life, and make it a part of your life too!!
So what are some resources we have as nannies and families to incorporate music into our children’s lives?
There are so many opportunities for Music Together Classes throughout the Twin Cities area. Many may be returning to in-person with a limited class size. Otherwise they have been offering it virtual.
Have a dance party
Pretend you are in a marching band
Create instruments from cans, cups, sticks, etc be creative!
Encourage your kids to join choir or band as they get older
Encourage taking music lessons as they grow up.
Play music in the house instead of screen time and watch their imagination grow!