Music plays an important role in our culture. It’s ingrained in nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s rare that we go a day without hearing music, singing music or at least humming a familiar tune. From birth, parents use music to soothe children, express love and joy and simply engage and interact with their children. Music has a huge impact on development, learning and improving social skills.
School for Amazing Kids has incorporated music into children’s lives for several years with a program called InTune Kids lead by our resident singer/songwriter, Brad Kuehner. Brad instructs a class at each school once a week in the 3-year-old and 4-year-old classrooms. They sing and dance to Brad’s original music and hone their fine motor skills by playing drums, maracas and other percussion instruments.
Brad’s songs bring the kids a lot of joy and they know every one of them by heart. When Mr. Brad walks in with his guitar, all the kids are on their feet ready to sing and dance.
Cultivating an appreciation for music can benefit children of all ages in a number of ways. Here are just a few.
1. It’s Calming
Children of all ages (even adults) can benefit from the calming affects of music. Some songs have the ability to immediately calm a fussy baby or a cranky toddler. Singing to a newborn can calm him or her down because even at one-day-old a baby can discriminate rhythmic patterns and recognize voices. There’s even evidence to prove that music can play an important role in an infant’s cognitive development.
2. It Helps Develop Fine Motor Skills
Playing on a toy drum, shaking a tambourine or banging away on a color xylophone can help your child hone his fine motor skills.
3. It Builds Community
Singing with a teacher, parent or group of friends can create long lasting memories and strong bonds. Incorporating physical movement with songs can also strengthen those bonds and hone skills in memory. For example, memorizing the signs that go along with the famous song The Wheels on the Bus or The Itsy Bitsy Spider can create strong bonds, lasting memories and further develop fine motor skills.
4. It Inspires Children to Pursue Music Later In Life
Developing a love and appreciation for music early in life can inspire children to want to play a musical instrument themselves. Learning to play an instrument has myriad positive affects on the cognitive development of children. Studies show that children’s brains actually develop faster when the child is involved in any kind of music training.
Whether we are aware of it or not, music can shape our lives in tremendous ways. From helping develop our brains to creating lifelong memories and positive associations, music goes a long way in defining who we are as individuals.