Maggie’s Top 5 Tips | How Music Can Benefit Children
They say that music is a universal language. Regardless of where you are from or what your background, a good melody is something that everyone can enjoy and understand.
For children, music provides many, many benefits. There are lots of good things about letting your child listen to and interact with music. Here are a few reasons and tips that I love for why your child should put down the remote and pick up something musical!
1. Play music to boost brain power!
By developing an early love of music it helps children to develop skills needed for learning by stimulating different parts of the brain. Music increases concentration, confidence, cognitive and memory skills – in other words, it builds a firm foundation for education and as a parent, that is the best thing you can do for your child. But above all else it is fun! Play them anything from nursery rhymes to cool grown-up beats.
2. Build their confidence
Interacting with music or picking up any ‘instrument’ can help your child break out of their social shell. Children who take music classes or become involved in a musical group learn key life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards (and the fun!) that come from playing together. Through movement and music your child is discovering themselves and how to confidently express themselves in front of their peers.
3. Repetition is good!
Smaller children love to dance and move to music. The key is the repetition of songs, which encourage the use of words and memorisation. Silly songs will make them laugh. Try singing a familiar song and inserting a different word in the place of the correct word, like “Mary had a little spider” instead of lamb. Let them reproduce rhythms by clapping or tapping and shaking objects.
4. Let them express themselves!
Music is a great way to let children express themselves – it gives pleasure and can help communicate emotions – plus, they can make lots of noise! Kids are naturally curious and excited about musical instruments so let them play – you can even get them to help you make homemade instruments such as shakers made from dry rice or pasta in an old jam jar or any pot with a sealed lid.
5. Play musical games!
Kids of all ages love to move about to music and get silly. Try old favourites such as musical statues – challenging them to freeze when the music stops; musical chairs (or cushions) – getting them to sit down where they are as the music stops; move like the music to express their emotions and also dancing with props. Whatever games you choose the kids will have fun but at the same time learn important skills through play!