• Nicola Moore

Children and Music

Updated: Apr 27

Singing and music play an important role in many cultures. You'll find music present in many aspects of our lives: theater, television, movies, worship, holidays, celebrations, and government and military ceremonies. At our home, music has become part of our family cultures—a natural part of our everyday experiences.

From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express love and joy, and to engage and interact. Parents can build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact child development, improve social skills, and benefit children of all ages!

Musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills (according to my google search), and the NAMM Foundation says learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase test scores.

But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development skills to get them ready for school. Music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.

In addition to the developmental benefits, simply put: music bring us joy. Just think about listening to a good song in the car with the window down on a beautiful day. That's joy.

- Nicola

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