The following blog is a guest post from Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best.
Children seem to be drawn to music naturally. But, what they don’t know is that music provides them with the critical skills they need to support their development and love of learning.
It has some amazing effects on the brain, and when introduced early on it can build a strong foundation for success in school and life. But exactly how does this art help shape our students?
Continue reading to find out the benefits of music and how it helps young children to become better learners.
1. Expands Vocabulary
Music helps the left side of the brain develop, which is the side that is responsible for processing language.
Children can learn new words from songs, and repetition and movement can help them understand their meanings. It’s even a great way to learn a new language.
Through music, we can help children strengthen their language and set them up to become competent speakers and effective communicators.
2. Improves Memorization
Whether you’re learning the different notes and strings on an instrument or learning new lyrics to a song, you are using your brain for memorization.
Music is excellent at helping children to retain information and enhance their learning in all areas of their life. Rhyme, rhythm, and repetition give children the tools they need for short and long term memorization.
With a boosted memory, they will be able to make better connections, think more critically, and even score better on tests.
3. Enhances Math Skills
Wait, music enhances math? Yup, you read that right.
Children involved in music, particularly those that play a musical instrument, have been shown to score higher on math tests.
When introducing kids to music at a young age, they tend to improve their math skills because they start to develop sequential skills and understand patterns and rhythms. They also begin to build spatial-temporal reasoning and language analytical reasoning, which helps to solve equations, think ahead, and land on a quantitative result.
4. Forms Bonds
Playing instruments together, dancing to a song, and singing lyrics together builds a bond between children and their educators. It allows children to find their core group of friends and provides them with a sense of belonging.
If you build a strong positive relationship with your students, they will be more likely to be engaged in the classroom, learn better, and be more successful.
5. Develops Focus
Playing a musical instrument and listening to classical music have been shown to help children focus and concentrate. Their ability to intently concentrate improves attentiveness, which is especially helpful for children with short attention spans, such as those with ADHD.
Children have more of a desire to concentrate on what they’re doing when they’re actively involved in music because dopamine, the brain's pleasure messenger, is being released. With this level of focus, students will be better equipped to stay organized and plan for the future.
6. Career Path
For some students, music will become so much more than just a hobby. It will become their career.
You never know which of your young students will become a pianist, opera singer, producer, or even a music teacher. Careers of which without an early introduction to music, they may have never pursued.
The Bottom Line
Music motivates and engages children in learning without them even realizing it.
With a little music every day, we can help children to expand their vocabulary, improve their memorization, enhance their math skills, and develop focus; All of which will help them to excel in school and life.
Music also helps us to create positive bonds with our students and build their trust and engagement in the classroom. And, who knows, you could even be introducing a child to their future career.
By exposing your students to music, you will help to improve their learning and create a positive classroom atmosphere.
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two and a blogger for Mom Loves Best, where she writes about her journey through motherhood and shares her passions for music, health, and everything related to raising well-balanced kids.
For more than two decades, Inner City-Inner Child (ICIC) has supported early childhood education in Washington, DC through arts education programs and early childhood development training. We provide quality arts integration and early childhood development programs that serve low-income families in DC. ICIC also provides arts-focused professional development programs for teachers who work in early childhood centers and school-based early childhood education programs in DC. In addition, we engage low-income DC parents in child development activities that help them create learning experiences at home.