7 Benefits of Music & Child Development
Posted on October 18 2019
It simply helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
At Schoenhut Piano Co., we have been making musical instruments for children since 1872, and our brand recognition alone is one that has stood synonymous with durability over the last nearly 150 years.
Singing and music play an important role in our culture. Music is present in many aspects of our daily lives: theater, television, movies, holidays, celebrations, and various ceremonies. Also, at home, music can become part of our fun family cultures—a natural part of our everyday experiences.
From birth, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express love and joy, and to engage and interact. Parents can build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact child development, improve social skills, and benefit children of all ages.
7 Benefits Associated to Music & Child Development:
- It helps to improve their brainpower
- It helps them develop social skills
- It helps them build their confidence
- It inspires creativity
- It teaches them patience
- It is a great form of expression
- It teaches them discipline
Music and the Brain
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores.
But academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure. Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Again, it helps the body and the mind work together.
Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a non-musician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a specialized music curriculum for children aged two months to nine years.