Photo by David Miller
Is your little one ready bestow his or her musical skills upon an unsuspecting world? Worldwide studies suggest that early exposure to music is far greater than you might think. While listening to music will bring great joy to a child, the real benefits come when a child is actually playing music which can play a big part in helping your child conquer early developmental skills and building confidence (which affects so many aspects relating to the growth of your child) and of course not forgetting the sheer awesomeness and pride it will bring watching your own finest creation, creating all by themselves.
Fact #1: Music instruction improves phonological awareness.
Early exposure to music helps train your child to pick out individual notes and rhythms. Later on as your child is learning to read, this early music training will help them to identify the different sounds that make up words.
Fact #2: Music instruction refines auditory discrimination.
As children experience and listen for tempo (fast or slow?), dynamics (loud or soft?), and melodies (up or down, high or low?), they are developing the critical skill of being able to distinguish between sounds – an ability that is absolutely vital to reading.
Fact #3: Music instruction increases auditory sequencing ability.
Songs and music activities often require children to remember both the detail and order of what is heard and to respond accordingly, thereby increasing the brain’s ability to organize and make sense of sound – a skill that is also required for literacy.
Fact #4: Music instruction strengthens listening and attention skills.
Listening and paying attention are naturally encouraged in a music class where children are encouraged to interact with, engage in, and respond to what they are hearing in the music, rather than just passive participation.
Fact #5: Music instruction enhances speaking skills.
Speaking and singing are interrelated. When children are encouraged to sing simple songs and repeat easy rhymes and chants, they are practicing the same skills necessary for language development and ultimately, effective communication.
Fact #6: Music instruction heightens oral language development.
In a music class, children are given many opportunities to listen and to speak. Both listening and speaking are part of oral language development, which is essential to language acquisition.
Fact #7: Music instruction enriches vocabulary.
Where else will a child be able to play with words, sing silly phrases, learn whole songs and rhymes, or be exposed to words like tempo or timbre than in a music class? Singing songs and repeating rhymes are great ways to enhance and expand a child’s vocabulary at a time when they are most receptive to such enrichment.