Children should be encouraged at a young age to explore music and engage in musical activities. There are a number of benefits to enrolling your preschool age child in a music program. Music can boost your child’s confidence and mood, improve fine motor skills, help with language skills and increase overall IQ.
1. Music Can Improve Your Child’s Speech - In an article published in the Globe and Mail it states that music can improve your child’s literacy. Musical sound and speech is processed in the same way. Children who take music classes can improve their listening skills and in turn improve the way they process language. An article from The Royal Conservatory of Music also states that children with as little as 4 weeks of music instruction showed a dramatic improvement in their verbal intelligence.
2. Music Can Increase Your Child’s Creativity – If your child is anything like mine they are constantly making up songs both to play and sing or creating different rhythms and movements to go with those rhythms. That is the creative brain at work!! In an article from the Royal Conservatory of Music they state that scientists found a marked difference in communication between the right and left sides of the brain, which fosters creativity, in individuals with musical training than in those without.
3. Music Can Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills – Fine motor skills are used in activities such as doing up buttons, tying shoe laces and writing. It is important to develop these skills early and music is a great way to encourage fine motor practice! Action songs that encourage the children to think about their movements, tapping to the beat with rhythm instruments and repetitive finger movement at the piano are all excellent ways to build fine motor skills.
4. Improve Working Memory – Many studies have shown that listening to classical music prior to learning something new can improve memory. There are a number of theories as to why but what most studies agree on is that there is a marked reduction in stress and a boost in mood. It is much easier to learn something new when you are in a positive stress free state.
Mini MozArts is proud to be the first music and art focused preschool in Edmonton, Alberta! At Mini Mozart it is my mission to create an inclusive nurturing environment for every child that enters through the doors where they can be encouraged to explore their personal strengths through the use of music, creativity and imaginative play.