Most of us love music, and children are no exception. No matter your background, age, race or gender, music is a universal language. It can boost mood, calm the nervous system, enhance learning and so much more! Here are 6 of the many reasons why music is so important for a child’s education.
One. Allows children to express themselves freely
Listening to some types of music has a profound effect on the body. Upbeat music makes you want to dance and can raise the mood significantly. Children can express themselves in many ways with music including, dancing, singing, or playing musical instruments. Children of all ages can benefit from music, so when choosing a daycare for your little one, ask whether they incorporate music of any kind in the daily curriculum. It not only boosts the mood of the centre but the children can burn off some energy while having a dance or by getting creative by creating some tunes of their own with musical instruments that the centre has available to them. Playing instruments enables kids to recognise the distinction between action and sound. Through music, children aren’t regimented and can move freely, enabling them to exercise at their own pace without fear, competitiveness or doubting their ability. Almost everyone can dance in some way or another.
Two. Boost literacy, language, and communication skills
A lot of songs that are appropriate for children have lyrics, and through repetition, children can boost their language skills and learn new words and the meaning behind them. This can help them as they get older when they are learning how to read and write. Songs can be as fun as they are educational, and children can be learning as they listen. Children can learn words faster through song as they flow, are catchy and often rhyme. Music keeps children engaged and enables them to work on these valuable skills without having to sit down and be attentive. That is the beauty of music!
Three. Encourages mathematical thinking
Did you know that the spatial-temporal reasoning part of the brain is stimulated when listening to music? This is key to mastering maths. Songs that incorporate maths can reinforce this part of the brain through repetition and patterns. This can help children with their math skills as they get older as well as develop integral skills such as logic and reasoning. Songs centred around maths are a great way to introduce young children to maths before they have to start theoretical learning.
Four. Increase memory and concentration
Information can be retained much more easily when it is in the form of a song. Through repetition, rhymes and catchy beats, key educational information can be remembered. This is a great way for children to learn without the pressure. Music is fun and engaging and can help kids with their attention and concentration. Learning through music is accessible to all children of all learning levels and ages.
Five. Improve motor skills
Moving to the rhythm and beat of music can help children to improve their fine and gross motor skills. Being able to move in this way requires a certain level of balance and skill. Dancing can improve muscle memory, coordination, and physical health. Dancing requires the brain and body to work together in cohesion. It promotes creativity and individuality. Playing instruments requires your child to hone in on their fine motor skills also.
Six. Encourages socialisation with their peers
Music is fun, dancing is fun, laughing is fun, and all of these can help your child to be more social and to interact with their peers in a relaxed and informal environment. All children have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds, rhythms and variations in the music regardless of their physical or verbal capabilities. Making music encourages interaction with others and can spark friendships and connections. Children learn to take their turn and listen to others when making music and sounds as a collective. It brings all children together, and to make music, they need to interact with one another to create a harmonious sound.
A bonus reason!
Allows them to learn about discipline and patience
Music can be made from virtually anything, and it can be as informal or formal as you like. To be able to master certain sounds, chords or notes, patience is needed because it is not always easy. For your child to improve and expand their knowledge of music, they need to apply a certain level of discipline. The more your child works on their musical skills and abilities the better they will get. The fantastic thing about music is it doesn’t have to be serious, it can be an enjoyable and relaxed way for your child to learn and expand their knowledge.
Music makes kids happy!
Whether kids are playing, dancing, making or singing music, it makes them happy! It provides an opportunity for learning, building on their language, mathematical and motor skills, and so much more. If you are looking for a reedy creek daycare centre on the glorious Gold Coast that allows your child to express themselves through music, look no further than us here at Little Saints. We are located in the picturesque Tallebudgera Valley amongst nature. Contact us to learn more about our school and its amenities, or alternatively, check out our website for more information.