Read about 6 benefits of music for children.
People are naturally attracted to music. In fact, music brings people together regardless of age and where they are from. Children, too, start early and actually begin to respond to sound when they are in their mother’s womb.
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow aptly said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Music plays a big role in a child’s early life and development. We use lullabies to rock our babies to sleep, dance to rhythmic tunes with them, and even use songs to teach basic concepts such as the alphabet.
In fact, early childhood programs like Kinderland always include music and movement activities in their classes. Their Children’s Music Programme supports the Ministry of Education’s emphasis on developing children’s music and physical abilities at a young age. You can say that music has been at the heart of the Kinderland curriculum since it started in Singapore 35 years ago.
According to Kinderland curriculum director Dr. Carol Loy, the following are the numerous benefits of music for children.
1. Music helps develop language, literacy and communications skills.
Music stimulates the various senses and helps children in learning and improving language skills.
Music also develops listening, reading and writing skills, improving fluency of speech, and communication. Through singing songs, kids can learn new words in a fun way and of course learn how to pronounce them.
According to a paper published in 2012, “Frontiers in Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience” by Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and University of Maryland, College Park, “infants listen first to sounds of language and only later to its meaning.”
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