Benefits of teaching music to young children
Music is often referred to as the universal language. Regardless of nationality or cultural background a good melody or rhythm is something everyone can appreciate. And people of any age are able to come together with a mutual understanding for the sounds they are hearing or creating.
With this in mind, it is obvious that introducing our young children to music has many wonderful benefits.
It improves social skills
One huge benefit of encouraging our children to get involved with music is the strong social element involved with learning and creating music. Group music lessons teach teamwork skills by working with others to create musical harmonies. Children relate to one another when they understand the elements needed to create even a very simple piece of music. They can appreciate how they each have to play an important role in order to achieve the combined harmonious and enjoyable musical results. Being an important part of something bigger also boosts confidence and wellbeing.
It can even boost memory power
Research shows that learning music while still young improves learning ability and memory. When playing or learning an instrument different parts of the brain are stimulated and the patterns formed can trigger optimal learning states and an increased ability to retain information. Classical music, piano and violin melodies are thought to be particularly beneficial in this process.
Music is linked to higher academic achievements
Studies show that children who are exposed to music or participate in music classes go on to achieve higher academic results. Music stimulates parts of the brain linked to reading, mathematics and cognitive and emotional development. The complex sounds and melodies that children are more exposed to when learning an instrument help to develop ‘neurophysiological distinction’ between those sounds, which in turn aids with many language and literacy processes within the brain.
Music practice promotes patience
We are very lucky to live in a world where many of us are ‘given things on a plate’, the instant gratification of modern society. However there is no ‘cheat’ when it comes to learning an instrument, there is simply practice and more practice if a child wishes to achieve good results and make music that others will enjoy listening to! If your little learner aspires to become part of an orchestra they will also need to be patient while they wait for their turn to come around. As we all know patience can be a very useful skill for later life.
Discipline is instrumental
Of course, there are many other benefits too, including relaxation, creativity, artistic expression and a healthy amount of discipline. So let your little one explore various instruments, their natural curiosity will soon help them pick a favourite, and when they do, encouragement really is the key.
A state of the art early learning and childcare centre, such as Cherry Bridge Station, will incorporate music play through their fun activity-based curriculum. Here children can have their first taste of clapping, singing and making sounds with the simple musical instruments provided. And remember this is something you can practise together at home too!