4 Reasons Why Early Music Education is Important

I have recently been watching the ABC’s Don’t Stop The Music.  It has been amazing watching the children’s transformations in such a short period of time.  Children who would not normally ask questions now have confidence to do so. Students who wouldn’t normally push themselves are learning that hard work really does pay off. Having them all come together to play music as a team, listening to and in staying in time with each other, is such an amazing outcome for these kids.

As a music teacher, I get to see these transformations in children’s lives all the time.  I know that music education is a key that helps children, even the very young, to form pathways in the brain that can help a child grow academically, socially and musically.  Below are 4 reasons why, consistently participation in a variety of music-making experiences  are important for young children, and babies.

1. Shared musical experiences may help children with numeracy and literacy.

The Mind Institute is studying the impact of music on human intelligence. Their studies are showing that students with musical training improve spatial reasoning, which results in better problem-solving and mathematic skills.

A University of Queensland study also shows that shared music-making has a greater impact on learning to speak and read than just reading aloud to your child.

2.  Music-making strengthens your child’s auditory perception.

Developing good auditory perception is essential to language development. The MAARs Institute has discovered that learning and participating in music-making is one of the only ways to develop the ear so that it can hear and discriminate between pitches, rhythms and tones.  All these skills are necessary to learn words, speak sentences and understand the meaning of spoken and written language. Children who are surrounded by musical experiences from a young age learn to speak earlier than those who do not.

3.  Singing with your child strengthens their social bonds.

Young babies who are sung to in the womb and after birth are more easily settled and respond quicker to their caregiver’s voice.  Continuing to sing to a child after they are born, especially using folk and cultural songs, provides them with a rich cultural context from which to draw their identity.

4.   Early music education prepares children for successful instrumental lessons.

Children who have had at least one year of early childhood music lessons that are supported at home and which include learning musical symbols, playing musical instruments and singing, find learning an instrument to be an easier experience and progress faster than those who have had no prior music lessons.

 

Knowing that music education is such an important aspect of early child development, I would like to invite you to join me for a personal introductory lesson.  This lesson is complimentary and will provide you with a great firsthand insight into the benefits that music education has for your child.

Free Introductory Lesson

Bonding with you Baby

Lullabies are a beautiful way to connect with your baby.  I remember when our children were little, singing and rocking them to lullabies bought comfort to them as they closed their little eyes to sleep, these are memories I cherish.  They are also memories that impacted my children’s lives now as older teens and adults they play and sing the same songs (as well as others) and it still brings them comfort.

 

Lullabies give us time to pause, to stop and spend time precious time with our little one.  To create a bond and to share with them the beauty of music.  “Lullabying is a heartfelt bonding experience for parents and children alike,” Lisa Bonnár,

Bonnar – A Music Researcher describes these 3 effects that lullabies have on both mother and babies;

  1. It creates a unique musical connection that nurtures the parent-infant relationship. The singing of lullabies is experienced as a bonding moment that reaffirms the love the mother has for the child.
  2. A nightly ritual of lullabying at bedtime establishes a calming routine that provides the security a child needs to fall asleep. Providing this positive experience overtime may help create an atmosphere that discourages bedtime struggles
  3. When parents are able to calm their babies through the singing of lullabies they experience a sense of empowerment regardless of their musical ability.

 

If you are not sure where to start, here are 3 great lullabies for you to share with your baby.  One for singing and 2 for humming and rocking along to.

  1. Go To Sleep My Jamie

2. Hush, My Babe

3. Lullaby – Brahms

If you would like to learn some more lullabies a music class with your baby is an excellent place to expand your repertoire and to share music and rhyme with you baby.