Written by Cally Kayne
There is a quote that states, “A child who sings is a happy child!” and how that is truthful! If you’ve ever heard your toddler knocking a spoon on your Tupperware bowls, or your pre-schooler repeating rhymes, you will know that all children seem to love to create and listen to music, and cultivating these musical instincts is a clever move.
When signing your child up for a music class, it may be one of the most significant decisions you will ever have to make. You are giving the chance for your ‘little Mozart’ to get acquainted with a new, stimulating and colourful world, where his or her senses will be awakened and discovered.
Not only will your child thoroughly enjoy and have fun during these classes, but studies have shown time and time again, that it has lasting benefits.
By doing music, each child learns self-confidence and it has been proven that music physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with language processing.
Recent studies also show a connection between early exposure to music and the development of maths, language and reasoning skills. It is understood that this part of the brain development continues for many years after birth.
Children start to learn about music right after they are born. As babies, they watch and listen to us, they experiment with a range of different sounds and as they become toddlers, they sing and dance. The more music they hear and experience, the quicker and better they will develop their own musical skills and tastes.
But music classes aren’t just about skill building, they’re also about family bonding. Your participation and support, as a parent, are important to reassure your child on his or her musical progress. Be passionate about your child’s achievements, and offer your support when required. Take an active role in your child’s learning and development.
As we’ve discussed in this article, the list of benefits from starting music education at an early age is long and remarkable, but parents find that in the end it’s all about raising content kids.
Shinichi Suzuki, a famous violin teacher said: “If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance, they get a beautiful heart.”
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