Children Exposed to Music Learn So Much More According to Schoenhut Piano Co.
Posted on October 18 2019
Research undertaken by a team of researchers in the 1990s showed that the exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills. This is because music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team. In general, the exposure to music supports children in their development process to learn the sound of tones and words.
In business since 1872, Schoenhut Piano Co. has been making musical instruments for young minds for nearly 150 years. Our name recognition alone, coupled with the durability of our musical instruments, have been the reason for our success.
Music and Early Childhood Development with Schoenhut
Many studies have investigated the importance of music in early childhood development since the 1950s. Two facts that are widely accepted are that children do not express music in the same way as adults and that the years from birth to the age of six is the most important period for a child’s musical development. This is because even the youngest toddlers receive the tones of music and unintentionally differentiate in frequency, melody and stimuli. According to researchers, the early years of childhood are critical to learn to unscramble the tones of music and to build up a mental organization system to memorize the music. This means that, like language development, toddlers develop their musical skills through imitating and memorizing rhythms and tones of songs such as clapping to a beat and singing in tune. Without this ability children would not be able to develop their musical skills.
However, this ability to develop musical skills is influenced by positive and negative factors. Therefore, sufficient stimulation and exposure to music and musical play is necessary to help children to turn their potential into actual musical growth. In terms of instruction, the most typical negative influence on developing musical growth is when parents are not musically orientated and do not actively expose their kids to music.
A Parent's Role in a Musical Education
Parents play the most important role in musical education when it comes to expanding a child’s musical horizon. For many years, researchers have been pointing out that children whose families are more musically orientated are considerably more developed in their musical behavior than children who experience a less musically orientated environment. Further research also indicates that parents develop a stronger bond to their children when they enjoy music together. Looking at it this way makes music not only a tool that contributes to the growth and development of a child but it also helps the family to spend quality time together and have fun.
The Last Note
There is no negative consequence to the idea to connect children with music. It is an activity that parents can enjoy with their children as often as possible. Additionally, there are many short-term benefits. Music can be calming, entertaining and fun! In this sense, it does not matter whether the setting is a quiet room with a parent or a busy outside music class with other children as long as the youngsters enjoy it.
At Schoenhut Piano Co., our musical toy instruments stand the test of time, and have done so since 1872 —Mark well the name.