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5 Reasons Why MUSIC is Important to Your Child’s Development

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5 Reasons Why MUSIC Is Important to Your Child’s Development

 Some of my earliest memories are going to Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts with my parents. Of course, five year old me was probably bored out of my mind; wondering when it would end so we could go get ice cream. Today, I am so grateful to my parents that they took the time and money to expose me to culture and art through music!

Whether having your baby listen to Mozart in the womb or to a “Baby Einstein” video, parents and caretakers are told that music is important to a child’s development. Who doesn’t worry about their child’s development? So we accept this as fact and do the best we can to expose our children to music. But why is music so important?

Here are of five ways in which music is beneficial to children during their developmental years:

1. Music helps develop children’s language skills.

Music activates literacy and language learning including spoken language, dual language learning, receptive language (words that children understand but may not yet be able to say), and phonetic awareness.

2. Children learn social-emotional skills through music.

Participating in or with music is in essence a social experience. When children sing, dance, or play instruments together they gain self-esteem, learn to share and take turns, develop a cultural awareness, and even learn to manage their emotional state and physical needs.

3. Movement and music go hand-in hand.

Children naturally respond to music by moving. Naturally it helps children learn about rhythm and develop motor coordination. Through simply moving to music your child will develop balance, body awareness, bilateral coordination and both gross and fine motor skills.

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4. Stimulates cognitive (thinking) development.

Music provides opportunities for children to practice math concepts such as counting, patterns and sequencing, observation of differences and symbolic thinking skills. Even changing one word to a familiar song is a fun way to develop the creative process.

5. Music bonds us!

Singing in the car, a lullaby before bed, dancing in the kitchen, or doing finger play of the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” are simple activities you may already do with your child. Through these, your child bonds with you and creates lasting memories for you both.

Submitted by Elizabeth Parkes

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