Sunday, November 25
The many benefits of early childhood music
Each week I prepare classes for your child to enjoy! There is a plan. There is fun! But beyond the fun aspect, have you ever wondered to yourself, "what is my child getting out of Kindermusik?"
That is a question I could explore at length, but here are a few of the most foundational benefits of Kindermusik - and in particular, staying in Kindermusik over the long term:
Children exposed to GREAT music learn to appreciate the finer aspects of complex sounds, engaging both the analytical mind and creative areas of the brain.
One of the strongest pulls of music is towards the universal connectedness it gives us. People all around the world make music, love music, and bond over engaging in it together. Some dance to it, some sing along with it, some listen to it, and some pick up an instrument and make music. It can be enjoyed individually or as a group, but ultimately it is a gift of self-expression from one person to another. Music gives people a voice for things sometimes too difficult to say.
Kindermusik classes help your child develop a sense of self control. Our "Stop hands", are an excellent way of empowering our children to do something different "right now". Being in control of our physical movements is self-rewarding to young children.
Learning to be reflective on the needs of those around us is a social skill that serves not only the individual, but our sense of community and belongingness. Taking turns, watching that we are "being kind to our neighbours" are concepts best learned in context with other people. For example, sometimes it is our turn to play an instrument, sometimes we need to let others have a turn. Experiencing the rewards of turn taking is a great benefit of group classes. In more advanced classes, children learn how when they listen to the parts other children are playing and blend their own voicing with others' , wonderful harmonies happen!
Finger plays are an excellent way of strengthening fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are necessary for learning to use a pencil to write, typing out essays for school work, buttoning up shirts, and tying shoe laces.
Moving our bodies throughout the space in the room provides vestibular stimulation. Not only do we crave movement, our bodies use movement to help our brains sort through the other stimulation that comes to our brain every moment of the day. Moving in a rocking, swaying, expressive way provides visual stimulation, a creative outlet, comfort, and relaxation. And the pretend play of rocking our stuffies engages their sense of nurturing, too!
With all these benefits (and so many more that reasonable space does not allow) music lessons have always been an essential part of my children's education. I hope yours, too! There is not a single activity out there that provides as much for your child's overall development as a person as music does - a bold statement, but true!