Music Education Benefits in Early Childhood

At the earliest of ages (even when they’re still in the womb) children react and respond to music. Later in school teachers use music to create the right type of learning atmosphere in classrooms.

Ex: Action songs for exercise /muscle development, slower relaxing songs for quiet and creative time. If we stop to think about it, much of what we know we’ve learned through song.

From infancy to preschool, learning is made fun, interactive, and done so through music and rhymes. Many people still use songs and rhymes to remember things throughout the day. Parents may use simple rhymes and add melody to teach their children simple, but valuable lessons. Ex: “Walk in the hall, so we don’t fall.” The reason for this is that we were taught these tools since we were children.

Multiple research studies will show that children who are introduced to music, music lessons, and play music early on do better in school and later in life.

Research shows that learning music at an early age helps speed brain development; helping children learn and process information easier.

Children 7 and under can learn to read music notes and symbols, play simple instruments, and broaden their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.
~ Johns-Hopkins

 
From 6 weeks to 6 years old; KidsFirst includes music in classrooms every day as part our regular curriculum to enrich each child’s development.

KidsFirst Music Curriculum
How we do it:
Action songs that children love: "Head Shoulders Knees & Toes," "Baby Bumble Bee," and "Wheels on the Bus" let children move and build motor skills. Songs also teach coordination, balance and confidence.
Parachute play, ribbon dancing and hoop play create group dynamics and shows children how to move their bodies creatively.


"PlayMotion Music" is a 12-chapter interactive music and movement program that KidsFirst teachers can use in their daily curriculum. Through interactive songs and dances children learn muscle control, gross motor skills, phonemic awareness, and impulse control.

Age-appropriate musical instruments like tambourines, bells, maracas, egg shakers, drums, triangles and rhythm sticks are available for each child to play and sing along with songs.

Local Musicians play live. Music played live lets children see real instruments, how they work, hear sounds they make, and how they are played. Children can dance, jump, swing arms, and sing along with songs played.
KidsFirst Music Benefits
Why we do it:
Music for all ages. From 6 weeks to 6 years, KidsFirst uses Music daily to boost children’s lesson plans.

Music helps in development of speech, reading skills, language, attention, and cognition. Brain development in children is vastly accelerated.

Music is interactive and allows children to engage with each other, developing social skills and positive teacher/student interactions.

"Learning is fun" is part of KidsFirst core values. Adding Music to our curriculum gives children fun, familiar songs that help enrich their school experience.

KidsFirst Learning is Fun
Here are 7 more ways that music education benefits children
  1. Helps to improve brain power and improves memory
  2. It helps develop social skills
  3. Helps build confidence
  4. It inspires creativity
  5. It teaches patience and character
  6. It is a great form of expression
  7. It teaches discipline and self-esteem
1. Helps to improve brain power and improves memory When children are introduced to music at a young age, brain development is accelerated; helping them learn subjects like math, science, and reading. For Example: When put to music, topics such as learning the ABC’s becomes much easier due to the simplicity of the songs. Once children hear a familiar song, they are able to recall words, phrases and actions learned previously. Much of what we learn from babies to preschool is done so through song.

2. It helps develop social skills While growing up, many kids face challenges of adapting socially. Learning how to interact and play with other children in a group while coming together with a common interest like music helps them socialize. Singing and dancing as a group also helps them develop social skills, such as how to relate with people, how to work as a team, leadership and discipline.

3. Helps build confidence When a child realizes that they can develop a skill on their own, or create something like a simple song on an instrument, it gives them the self-belief and confidence boost they require. As time goes by, they will become better, and become even more confident in their abilities.

4. It inspires creativity
Musicians are some of the most creative people we know. Whether it is writing the lyrics to a song or practicing a new way to play the guitar, your kids are going to tap into their inner creative spirits. This gives them that entrepreneurial edge over their friends and gives them an edge later in life.

5. It teaches patience and character
When kids are playing with others in a group; they learn the virtues of patience and how it affects others. They also learn how to work together with others while making something as beautiful as music. Example: Band members must always wait for the signal from the person in charge before they play, or else there will be no harmony in the song they are playing.

6. It is a great form of expression
Children can easily express themselves through music and dance, and develop not only physical coordination, but is also one of the greatest ways children can show self-expression. Creating their own songs to correlate to their daily lives, and putting music to those songs are simple ways that children can develop their thinking skills, memory, and creativity.

7. It teaches discipline, and self-esteem.
Learning how to play a musical instrument or become a better singer requires discipline and patience. When your kids pick up this habit, it teaches them the importance of discipline and following through. They know that in order to get better, they need to put in the time. This helps them become better disciplined and pursue their goals, not just in music, but in school and later in life.

Sources: https://news.usc.edu/102681/childrens-brains-develop-faster-with-music-training
http://archive.education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/strategies/topics/Arts%20in%20Education/brewer.htm
https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/2014-06-09/how-children-benefit-music-education-schools
https://www.budsies.com/blog/funny-entertaining/music-benefits-children
http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education

 

Did You Know. . .

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