The Benefits Of Music Education In Childhood Development

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Most people enjoy listening to music. The love for musical genres may vary but one thing you can not deny is that music has a great impact on the world we live in. It has been used for various reasons such as to educate, inspire, and even to entertain. Ironically, most schools have opted to do away with their musical programs or have chosen to make it an optional subject. Some schools believe that music education is not as important as other subjects. It is considered to be more of a hobby or a pastime activity. Yet there are so many benefits to musical education especially when it comes to a child’s development.

Classically trained virtuoso Sujari Britt who has been playing music since she was 2. Image from http://www.thevinylbridge.com/music/performances/watch-prodigy-cellist-sujari-britt-will-amaze-you-in-mini-documentary/

It helps develop language and reasoning

The left/right brain theory states that the right side of our brain is responsible for our creative side while the left is responsible for logic and reasoning. So your interests and abilities are dependent on what side is more dominant. The left side of the brain better works with music and can use this to help young minds imprint information easier. Studies have shown that music actually helps growing children develop and master language and reasoning. It is these reasoning skills that help your child even as he/she grows into an adult. They do not struggle with decision making even when they grow older.

Development of spatial intelligence

Spatial intelligence is the ability of your brain to perceive the world and form mental pictures of things. Over time, this sort of intelligence becomes critical as it helps your child make decisions on things ranging from a maths problem to figuring out what to pack for a camping trip. It allows your child’s brain to follow a systematic process of doing things eventually leading to a solution. If your child practices problem solving more often, they are likely to increase how fast they come up with solutions.

Teaches discipline.

Any teacher will tell you that learning a musical instrument requires hard work, discipline and patience. These are values you can inculcate in your child at a very young age. Over time, your child transfers this same values to other sectors of life. This only becomes heightened if your child ends up playing in a band or orchestra. All players must work together to otherwise the entire performance will be a flop. Additionally, getting to a certain level of synchrony requires a lot of practice. It helps your child develop discipline in how they organize their schedule to include schoolwork, relaxation time and practice time. Giving your child that sense of structure at a young age is very important.

Image by James Tse. Image from https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/preschool/can-music-make-your-child-smarter/

Discovering a talent or ability

In the process of engaging your child in musical education, you may discover a great talent or ability in playing a certain instrument or singing. We are living in a world where the creative arts are booming and there are many great opportunities for talented artists. It is your job as a parent to ensure that your child exploits all their potential to the maximum. However, ensure that you do not push too hard to a point the child may forget to enjoy the learning process.

Helps Special Needs Children

Music has been proven to be a great means of communication when dealing with children with special needs. It helps them express themselves easier where words or gestures may fail them. It is because of this that some special needs schools are implementing musical therapy in their curriculum to help work with the children better.

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