Music Boosts Your Child’s Brain
The power of music could do more than just move us emotionally – recalling fond and sad memories tied to a tune – and physically – bobbing heads, tapping feet, singing out loud. Children learning the ins-and-outs of music have been shown to have accelerated brain development and sound processing, as proved by Dr Assal Habibi.
In 2012, her team started a five-year study in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their Youth Orchestra program at the Heart of Los Angeles. Their goal was to investigate the impact of group-based music training on brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children.
They used neuroimaging (MRI), neurophysiological (EEG) and psychological means to measure their brain, cognitive, and social development on a yearly basis and were able to prove that music training (on a constant basis, with ample periods of practice) was able to boost the development of the children’s brains.
Comparing her results to previous findings, music training may also benefit learning a new language, understanding speech, reading, which could result in the intellectual development of children.
Kindermusik with Love Studios seeks to do just this, while giving us parents a chance to choose age-differentiated classes that are most suited for our children. These classes not only provide experiences and memories that parents and children can create together, but are tailored to enhance development through creative music and movement activities.
Here are some of the other skills and attitudes that children can gain from learning music:
Percussion instruments help develop coordination and motor skills as they require harmonized movements of the hands, arms, and feet. Ambidexterity can be cul
tivated through playing string and keyboard instruments as the left and right hands have different duties to accomplish.
Doing so with Child-Safe Instruments enhances a sense of rhythm and develops a keen awareness of the qualities of sound. For the younger kids, Assorted Movement and Dance helps build the muscles in their bodies. The result of improving their coordination, strength, and timing can prepare children for more physical hobbies, such as dance and sports.
This is particularly People are social by nature, and commmunication is a lifelong skill that can only benefit our children as they grow up. Group classes for children such as Singing, Instrument Play, Dance, and Vocal Play encourage interaction, discussion, and teamwork, as they must work together to create music.
Children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, how to accept and give constructive criticism, and the development of leadership skills and confidence.
Having a healthy amount of confidence opens quite a number of doors as our children grow up, and learning an instrument could help to build their confidence – as it’s a skill that they can develop and get better and better at.
Which brings us to… instilling discipline. Musicians know that music is full of depth and literally bottomless, and one can never truly learn everything that there is to know in it. With Kindermusik with Love Studios’ Instrument Play, they’ll let your young ones try out instruments to best find out which they’re comfortable with.
Music is lifelong learning; but in order to improve, our children have to devote time, dedication, and heart to practice outside of classes. Practice, practice, practice – sticking to a schedule of practice takes ample amounts of self-discipline, and it’s a valuable skill to teach our young ones.
Creating and playing music brings a great deal of creative satisfaction, and it can help a child develop an artistic outlook with a wider perspective, and provides a great means of self-expression.
Classes at Kindermusik with Love Studios are full of creativity, where children are able to perform pressure-free. As children are naturally creative in their learning habits and play, music is a great vehicle for exploring natural creativity as it naturally stimulates a child’s sense of imagination and curiosity.
If our children are regularly encouraged to think and act creatively, they will become more skilled at lateral thinking and problem-solving – thinking out of the box and coming up with more unique solutions. As parents, we will be encouraging more open-mindedness in our children through bringing out their creativity.
Bring the power of music into your home and into your child’s life, and feel the rhythm sweep you along!
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