Did you know that music plays an important role in your child’s development? We’ve always been aware of the powerful and transformative impact of music on people. However, until recently, most people didn’t know about the effects of music on memory and cognitive development.
Music and musical play have profound impacts on children, especially when they are exposed to music from their early childhood. Studies have indicated that when children are exposed to music through play, they unravel things about the world around them and who they are.
It also helps them speak more clearly, develop better vocabulary, improves their emotional and social abilities, and deepens their musical appreciation. All this is possible because when we listen to or play music, it generates changes in the brain. This article will analyze the importance of music through play in child development and parent’s important role in musical development.
A research discovered that music can actually improve a child’s brain development, especially in aspects of language acquisition and reading competence. Studies have also shown that children who learn to play a musical instrument, have better SAT scores and enhanced mathematical skills. However, academic excellence isn’t the only benefit of music in early childhood development.
Most children love listening to and dancing to music. This is expressed in their sway, bounce, excitements, and other body gestures when we play a song. Preschoolers are fond of creating their own songs and sing to themselves while they play. Even older children dance and sing along to the music from their favorite band.
Infants are quick to recognize the beats of a song they have heard even without knowing the actual lyrics of the song. Playing music in the background can be soothing for your child when they want to sleep.
However, if you want them active and stimulated, you can increase the volume of the music. You can come up with a simple and short song about eating, bathing, washing, or even dressing which they can enjoy while they participate in these activities.
Your toddler can also enjoy their music and music play as well. The trick is repetition. You have to keep playing the same song over and over till they learn the lyrics. This helps with memorization and language development. Encourage your toddler to clap, hop, or tap objects along with the rhythms of the song.
Don’t be too serious with your musical selection, allow them to have fun too. Silly songs will make them laugh and improve their mood. You can try to replace a word in their rhymes with a silly word to get a reaction from them. You can say Jack and Jill went up the “claptrap” instead of the hill.
Moreover, preschoolers love to sing songs about things they are familiar with like animals, toys, people, and activities. They also enjoy nursery rhymes and silly rhymes even without musical trimmings.
School-age children usually love singalong songs that typically has nothing to do with how they connect with the lyrics of the song and mostly to do with how a specific chord progression, melodic hook, or beat excites them. They also enjoy songs that involve spelling, counting, or recalling a chain of events. Rhymes like “This old man,” “One, two, three, four,” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” can be fun for kids.
Teenagers like to form bonds and relationships through their musical choice. They can hang out with friends who like their favorite bands or listen to their kind of music. They also love to join bands and take music classes to solidify their friendships or musical knowledge. You can never go wrong when you bring children and music together.
It’s important to remember that parents play a significant role in the musical education of children, particularly in their musical development and appreciation. Studies have shown that parents who are musically oriented create a favorable environment for their children to develop musical behaviors than parents with less musical backgrounds.
A deep musical environment accelerates your child’s contact with music and fosters their music ability. Asides from this, families that include music in their child’s education, build stronger relationships with their children when they enjoy music together. By so doing, music doesn’t just help with a child’s cognitive development, but it also increases the quality of time the family spends together.
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