Why Music is The Key to The Success and Behavior of Your Child
As a parent, you want the best for your children, while nothing is likely to make you happier than if they grow up strong emotionally, socially, and intellectually. In fact, everybody wants their children to become smart, independent, and decent human beings who can achieve whatever they set out to do.
However, this can often seem like a daunting task, especially for a first-time parent, but has it crossed your mind that music could help you and your child on this journey? Think back to your own childhood and see if you can remember the profound effect that music had on you growing up.
Introducing the influence of music to your child
Thankfully, it is never too early to start introducing your child to music. Even babies can recognize a melody way before they can understand the words, and most toddlers love to dance when they hear this music. Of course, babies inevitably cry, and you can often be at a loss as to how to help them but the answer is often as simple as singing a lullaby.
As children get older, they may become anxious or scared at night, unable to fall asleep. While they might consider themselves too old for a lullaby, gentle music playing in the background may help them to forget their fears. The soothing effect which music produces can continue as your children become teenagers. A difficult day at school can be turned round by listening to their favorite music. This probably won’t be to your taste, but if it brings on the desired effect, all well and good. You don’t have to like their music to realize the positive effect it has.
Awareness of music outside the home
Outside the home, you should also ensure your child’s school, even the nursery school, has music on the curriculum. For a start, music helps to develop social skills, and this is especially important for shy as well as for difficult children. Most musical activities at school involve groups, meaning that the children will be interacting with each other. Shy children will be brought out of their shell, while difficult children will learn how to work with others and not against them. The best scenario is that they will form friendships which could last well into adulthood.
The second advantage of taking music classes in school is that your children will become more confident. To sing in a choir, dance in an ensemble, or play in an orchestra, inevitably means performing in front of an audience. The earlier your children do this, the better. It will become second nature to them, and their confidence in other walks of life will increase.
How music can assist the learning process
Although perhaps you worry that your child is spending too much time taking part in musical activities?
Well, there is no need for such concern. After all, studies show that music helps with the intellectual abilities of a child and as a result, they perform better at school. Furthermore, music is essentially another language, and once your child begins to learn different notes and rhythms, which are completely alien, he or she should be better prepared to learn a foreign language.
With this in mind, it is not only the learning of languages which is aided by the knowledge of music. For example, given the lyrics involved with many songs, music can ignite a particular interest in geography and even history. When it comes to English, singing will help your children with clear pronunciation and increase their vocabulary, while the most important subject that music can assist is possibly math’s, for if children can learn to tap in time with a beat, they can easily work out fractions.
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Understanding the true influence of music
Understandably, you want your children to be successful in life. Again, music is an asset. It takes hard work and perseverance to produce a musical performance, which often presents a great sense of achievement especially with applause at the end of a show. Fitness is another aspect which music can play a role in. Children need to know how to coordinate their bodies, and starting to dance at an early age will aid this and make them more flexible. There are too many children who are obese, and no parent wants this health risk for their child.
As for an actual music curriculum, these classes introduce children to all sorts of music and encountering these different types of music compel a child to decide what they enjoy which can enable your children to start making decisions from a young age. Needless to say, decision making is a very important aspect of development for every child and can change the way they interact with other people.
In short, music is an important tool for development, from the birth of your child until the challenging approach of adulthood. It gives children the opportunity to grow in many different ways; socially, emotionally, and also within their behavior. Music aids their schoolwork, helps them to make friends and gives them space to be themselves.
When you think of it this way, everything makes sense. After all, there is often nothing better than arriving home and switching over to your favorite music at which point all the cares and worries of the day begin to disappear.