Ever wondered how music helps in Child Development?
Enter a Restaurant or a Toy Store or an aircraft, you are likely to hear music. The music is sometimes soothing, mostly relaxing and sometimes foot tapping depending on what it is aiming to achieve. Music is a part of life in every country and every culture. Music is used as a part of our celebrations, holidays, religious or worship experience. Although, it’s hard to explain the important role that music is playing in our everyday lives, but it is very much present.
As a young mother, we know how to hum a melody while putting our little one to sleep. It’s very natural for parents to surround their new born with music around them in form of cot mobiles, lullabies and even a music player. Music for a child works on all levels of development: Social, Emotional, Cognitive and Physical growth.
Music has the ability to lift moods. Have you experienced it as an adult? It also creates memories, for me whenever I hear the song “lakdi ki kaanti” it brings back memories of my sister and me singing it while getting dripping wet in monsoon showers.
Have you seen a kid grooving to “Boogie Woogie” at a party. Yup, that’s what music does; it gets children together and teaches them a lot of social skills in the process. Music is very influential in getting children to move. It’s utterly adorable to see my 1 year old bend her knees in her attempt to groove to the beat. Music helps kids understand Rhythm, timing, orientation and co-ordination. It helps kids of all ages to get up and start moving. Even moms can join in.
Toddlers and preschoolers love a good rhyme or even an ABC Song. Most of the rhymes have numbers, letters and sounds. These help the little ones getting their basics for school right. There has been a lot of debate on the exact number but it is widely accepted that music helps children with increased memory, better reading and improved math.
Music is a great filler between 2 activities and a great transition tool. Ever used the clean up song after the play time is over with your kid? Works like a charm.
Children also love to hear themselves, buy a recording toy for them and let them record themselves sing. Not only do they practice singing aloud and hence gain confidence, it also helps develops their listening skills.
So what are you waiting for, get the music flowing….