Studies have shown that babies are aware of music while growing in their mother’s womb and that they may remember the melodies they heard months after being born. This suggests that the music we are exposed to before birth may have a significant influence on us while our brains are in their early stages of development. Additionally, once born, it has been proven that music has a powerful impact on children as they are growing up and provides substantial benefits. Here are four benefits music has with children:
Music increases brain power
Studies have shown that creating music has many beneficial structural impacts on the brain, with musicians having an “enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.” Others have shown that creating music has major advantages for long-term memory. These benefits are stronger when musical training begins before the age of 7.
It provides a creative outlet
Music is an incredibly creative form of expression. Whether your child writes their own music, plays an instrument, or simply listens to it while participating in another activity, being involved with music is being creative. Having a creative outlet has been shown to have many benefits on physical and mental health.
Helps them learn discipline
As children learn to play an instrument, sing, or write, it’s vital that they regularly practice their craft. As time goes on, and they see themselves improving, they learn that hard work pays off. They can take this lesson with them throughout the rest of their lives, and it can help them prioritize in school and in their professional future.
Provides social connections
Both playing music with a group or simply connecting with others who appreciate similar music gives children the opportunity to bond and build social connections.
As a parent or educator, introducing children to music and teaching them its importance can have far-reaching benefits for the rest of their lives.