Music has been and will always be part of our life. It is through music that many individuals express themselves. For most people who cannot express themselves in words, they find freedom in expressing it through a song or dance. This is just one benefit of music. For children, music also plays a significant role in helping the child’s brain and other skills develop efficiently. These benefits are:
Music stimulates brain development. Have you ever examined how you process listening to music and singing along with it? Do you enjoy watching kids perform on TV, especially those involving their participation in contests? What makes these children stand out? Look at how the children sing along to the tune of dance music, as well as dance along with it. That is coordination of the muscles and bones, as well as synchronization of the throat to sing along. At the same time, the brain is processing and accessing its memory on the lyrics of the song, while at the same time, it moves the body to the tempo of the dance music. This is why parents are ecstatic when children can sing with the right tune and dance to the right tempo of the music. This means that their brains are well developed to synchronize all those movements and activities.
Music helps in the physical development of the child. When children move to the beat of music, their bones and muscles are moved. They are, in short, being used and exercised. Through this, the muscles stretched and bones are stimulated to develop. Children who have been confined in bed for a long time may develop weak muscles and bones. As such, initiating movement through the use of music will be a good start for children who’ve been confined or hospitalized.
Music boosts the child’s self confidence. During family reunions, do you notice how children hesitate to approach other relatives? Music is one way to improve on the child’s self confidence by telling them to prepare a dance or song number during family reunions. This way, they get used to performing in front of an audience and will also in turn develop their self confidence. As children start to feel satisfaction when being recognized for their talents, they will feel the confidence and will ultimately lose the timidity.
Music improves the memory. As children continue to practice for a presentation, their ability to retain in their memory the lyrics of the song, or the steps of a dance number will help to sharpen their memory. If you can remember, there was a video that showed how memory helped a dementia patient remember the lyrics of a song from his genre. If a senior’s memory can be stimulated through music, all the more that it is possible for the developing child.
Music teaches the child the value of discipline. A child can get frustrated with his repeated failures. For instance, when he cannot get the exact tone of a part of a song, or he cannot move to the right tempo of a dance beat, he can get frustrated. However, with sufficient support from parents, the child will not give up until he’s able to master the lyrics and tone of a song or the exact time and dance combination in tempo with a dance beat. The child then learns that with persistence and perseverance, he gets the desired results. With proper discipline, he can achieve what he really wants.
Music promotes social interaction. Children with the same interests usually gather round it. For instance, if children are music enthusiasts, they will naturally show interest towards anyone who plays an instrument or dances to a beat. Though they may be coy at first, it wouldn’t be long before two or more children are gathered to show a dance step or two to the new acquaintance. A child may take interest in befriending someone who has the same interest as him. What better way to promote social interaction through the use of music?
Music helps children express themselves. When children find it hard to communicate with adults, they turn to music. When parents are at a loss on how to communicate with their child, they should look into the kind of music the child is listening to. Through this, they can find a way to see through the child. The child usually speaks animatedly about things that he likes. When a child really likes music, this can be the bridge that can connect the communication gap between parents and children.