It is said that music is a universal language. It is also known that listening to music from a young age can develop the brain and that it allows information to be processed easily. Through music, the brain can memorize information much easier. Ever since they are born, children are surrounded by music, in many forms.
Every sound is new. Listening to music is an important aspect of learning the native language, even other languages. Studies have revealed that there are many benefits toddlers get by listening to music from a very young age.
Relaxing babies and toddlers
First of all, it relaxes the babies and young children who react to various sounds around them. Based on this idea, even pianos that were specially made for toddlers have been conceived. These use different sounds, such as nature sounds or relaxing sounds, which are perfect for when they might be agitated or don’t want to sleep.
Also, it has been proven that it has a soothing effect. Nice, calming music can make them feel relaxed and induce sleep as well. Later on, music can help toddlers to calm down and face various emotions more easily. Researchers show us that music relieves stress and offers an emotional balance.
Brain functions stimulation
Studies have shown that toddlers who are exposed to music have a more active brain and manage to assimilate information much easier as they grow. That is why it is considered that children who were exposed to music from an early age do better in school.
As far as memory is concerned, studies also show that children who listened to music from an early age display improved abilities for learning and reading.
Another benefit of listening to music is developing vocabulary. From their first months, they hear different words and sounds, which they will learn to pronounce later. Music is similar to reading stories, and in this case, children come in contact with different words, which they memorize and use later on.
In many cases, children learn words from listening to music, which makes it an educational method, as well as a fun activity for the little ones.
Patience and discipline
Children who listen to music or learn to play a musical instrument are usually more patient and act more carefully. It takes a lot of patience for a child to learn all the musical notes in order to be able to reproduce music with an instrument.
Also, learning the lyrics from a song also requires patience and the use of memory. For parents who have problems with their children’s patience or attention, this is a good corrective technique.
Beyond the fact that music keeps the mind always occupied, it makes children more open to constant change, as they discover all kinds of music, from opera to classical music, or various songs on the radio or TV.
In time, their creativity is improved and enriched. Some of them can learn to sing a song in a different way, while others can compose their own songs.
Improved social skills
For children over one-year-old and preschoolers, music represents a dynamic experience in developing social skills. Creating or listening to music with other children has a great positive impact on developing teamwork abilities.
At the same time, music teaches children to cooperate, share, create, as well as focus. All of these abilities will become valuable assets when children start school and face new challenges.
Children may not understand the lyrics of a song, but they can surely feel the rhythm. They start moving to a catchy song or to a song they like more than others and start jumping up and down, developing muscles, strength, and balance.
Toddlers love to move around listening to music; they clap their hands, bounce their heads, or start dancing. The key is repetition which also helps in developing vocabulary and memory.
Over the years, a lot of specialists have analyzed the possible benefits of music, from newborns to preschoolers. Some suggest that music helps develop intellectual abilities and influences math learning. Generally, studies show that music develops creating abilities.
Above all, music is a feeling. Music can get you to places that might not even exist in real life, and make them seem vivid. Have you ever listened to a series of songs that remind you of a specific period in your life?
If you did, it means that you realized time travel exists. Indeed, not like it is described in movies, but you do go back in time and re-feel feelings you have once lived. There is a genre and a song for each and every feeling you might be experiencing. Music can amplify these emotions or calm them.
Music is not just an art, but an art for the soul, more than it is for the brain, a true artist might say. Through music, children can learn how to feel and how to control their feelings and emotions. This is a very important aspect because kids act upon how they feel rather than reason.
Studies show that babies who have been exposed to music while in the womb react to that music a long time after they are born. It is essential to shape a child’s emotional development, and not concentrate only on the cognitive side.
Every child should be exposed to music. The younger he or she is, the better. It is also recommended to present your kid with diverse music. That way, he or she will learn about diversity, as well as acceptance.
Do not force your child to like a specific genre. When they grow up, they will choose what they listen to anyway. If you are a fan of rock music, for example, you can let your favorite song play while at home, performing various chores, in the car, or wherever you feel like it.
If you try to force it upon your kid, he or she might even end up resenting that genre. However, by seeing how much you enjoy it, your kid might surprise you and become an avid fan of rock music, in this case. Even if not, it is important to accept your child’s choices in music.