Benefits of Music & Movement
Today we know more about how children learn and grow than ever before. Today we have data to confirm our hunch that "Music is vital to life." Read what experts in their fields think about the benefits of music and movement:
"Music brings people together. Through music, children take an inner experience
and move it into a shared creative experience. Group music-making releases energy
which can be channeled in creative, productive directions. Children learn about
themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other -
tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering
the inner resources to listen quietly to another child's playing."
- Judi Bosco
Board Certified Music Therapist
Noted author and neuroscience educator Jane Healy speaks about children whose parents have chosen more "academic" pursuits for their children:
"Studies show that 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds in heavily "academic" classes tend to
become less creative and more anxious - without gaining significant advantages
over their peers."
- Jane M. Healy
Your Child's Growing Mind
And, if everything else were not convincing enough... A 2007 poll found that 88% of all post-graduate students in college and 83% of all people earning $150,000 or more had extensive music training. - Poll, November 14, 2007 Reuters, Ltd.
Why Music and Movement are Vital for Children
The professional journal Early Childhood Connections published the following list of Why Music and Movement are Vital for Children:
Peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes, bats and balls, hide and seek, music and children - are all elements of childhood. Children are naturally interested in music, and music is naturally good for children. Why is music so attractive to children and why is music so well suited to children?
- Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
- Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
- Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
- Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC's without the ABC song?
- Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.
- Music is perfectly designed for training children's listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
- Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
- Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.
- Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.
- Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation. Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and at church.