Most people like listening to music, everyone has their own preferences. It is not surprising that babies and toddlers can already benefit from music. Music influences many cognitive areas and enriches the mental well-being. In which way and which methods there are to integrate music into the everyday life of the child, you can find out here. You are reading a guest post from Baby-Kind-Blog.de.
First of all, let us take a closer look at the influence of music. New brain research has shown that music influences the performance of the brain. It does not matter whether the child or baby listens to the music or plays music itself. By both methods the brain is optimally stimulated. This means that the areas of learning, memory/experience and creativity are activated. This stimulates the formation of synapses. Researchers also see areas of application for music therapy in the treatment of speech disorders or for the integration of autistic children.
When making music directly, additional synapses are formed on both halves of the brain, which increase the child's performance. Synapse formation sounds highly scientific, in simple terms one could say that every additional synapse in the brain is a new building block. Each building block contains a memory or association that your child can access when needed. This means that synapse formation is especially important in early childhood to develop and increase IQ (intelligence quotient), social behaviour, language and so on.
Table of contents:
- Music can promote language development and social behaviour in children
- Music can stimulate the ability to concentrate in children
- Possibilities of musical support for the child
- Support - dance lessons - music lessons
Music can promote language development and social behaviour in children
Since music has a stimulating effect on the brain, it can be used to stimulate synapse formation in an easy way, without pressure. If your child is already speaking its first words, language development is promoted in a very practical way. Songs bring joy to children and with pleasure words can be remembered better. In songs and rhymes, children can learn new words faster than through the spoken way.
Social behaviour also benefits from music. Each of us has already noticed that music can connect. By making music together, children learn to pay attention to each other at an early age, to deal with each other calmly and to listen. Music also influences emotions. Thus, it strengthens the group dynamics when children are moved by music together. They learn to distinguish between the emotions. Show your child different styles of music and ask him/her what he/she feels or if your child is not yet speaking, pay attention to the reactions. This alone will show you how your child's emotional world can benefit from music. Through the early recognition of the different facets of feeling, empathy (empathy with others) is also promoted and thus also has an positive effect on social behaviour of the kid.
Music can stimulate the ability to concentrate in children
A third area that is promoted by music is the ability to concentrate. Listening alone requires a certain amount of concentration. You have to be quiet for a long time, listen and process what you hear. Practical music-making requires even more concentration. Because you have to coordinate voice with movement or playing an instrument and remember the text. They learn to pay attention to several factors at the same time. The ability to concentrate is enhanced when they practice music in groups. The little ones have to pay attention not only to the text, melody, instrument or movement, but also to their fellow musicians.
It must be said that children become great masters when making music. There is hardly any other area in which such a high cognitive performance is required as in music. The great thing about it is that they enjoy it and the encouragement is just a great side effect. Now they could be struggling with the fear that their child might be unmusical. This fear is not justified. Melody, as well as rhythm, is an integral part of the human being. Basically, every human being is musical. Although there are different degrees of musicality, the difference is not so clear in childhood. Pay attention to the way you speak. Even spoken words, are spoken in different pitches. They are decorated with phrasing, tone changes and pauses to make the message clear. The language, our main means of communication, is learned by children through play. This happens mainly through the musical way.
In short, musical education is one of the best ways to support your child. Moreover, every child enjoys music and does not even notice the developmental support. The pressure of constantly having to "repeat" words or conflicts is almost non-existent when making music. Thus your child is encouraged with good mood, a positive atmosphere and beautiful experiences. Do not underestimate the value of positive experiences. These are extremely important in early childhood for a healthy attitude towards life.
Possibilities of musical support for the child
Now we want to see what opportunities are offered to them to promote their child musically. On the one hand, you yourself, your child, can support your child already at baby age. As soon as your child has a gripping reflex, you can put sounding objects into the hands of your child (Musical instruments for children ). These can be small rattles or simple household items, such as a key or a bell. It is important that the object can be slobbered on without danger. Since the little ones like to put everything in their mouth to explore their world. They can also sing songs to their child. Playing with little fingers, your child will enjoy it already with a few months.
You can combine the rhymes and songs well with a baby massage or bathing. In addition, the bond with the child is promoted. If you do not know any rhymes and songs, then look on the Internet for appropriate content. There are countless books, some of them with a CD, which contain a number of songs. We recommend the book: "Talking, singing, playing with the little ones: Promoting linguistic development through play and music " by Elke Schlösser and Ralf Kiwit. The book comes with a CD.
What is also possible in the first months would be dancing. Take your baby in your arms, turn on some pleasant music and dance around with him or her. In many toddler groups, singing together is integrated into the programme. If your child can already sit, you can place different objects that make different noises. In this way your child can make music already in the first months.
Maybe they have a PEKiP group (Prague Parent-Child Program) in their neighbourhood, in which musical support is integrated. If your child is in kindergarten or daycare, your child will receive musical support there. We are talking about early musical education. It is a building block of early childhood education in day care centers. It serves as preparation for later singing and/or music lessons. It usually takes place between the ages of four and six, although there are models for younger children.
If the support in the nursery school is not enough for them, there are often afternoon offers from various institutions that offer such early musical education. In early musical education, songs are sung. The songs are accompanied by applause or dances or movements are taught. The aim is to provide musical pre-schooling. If your child has a lot of energy, an early education in dance is recommended (e.g. children's gymnastics often involves singing and clapping in circles before and after the romping). This is usually offered in dance or music schools. There, more is moved to the music than sung. The encouraging effect is the same.
If you would like to have additional support outside the daycare centre but cannot afford to pay for music or dance school, you can prepare music lessons yourself. You can find material on the Internet. We recommend the book: "Now we make music ! Elaborated hours for early musical education" by Manon Sander (Further book tips - Children and the joy of reading). Furthermore, the instruments of "Voggy" are well suited for small children. Often there are whole sets with an accompanying booklet and matching CD.
Support - dance lessons - music lessons
If your child is out of the age of early education, it is a good idea to get music lessons. It is said that from the age of five, children are cognitively as well as motorically advanced enough to learn to play an instrument. This can vary depending on the instrument. In addition, they know their child best and can better assess how far their child is. In addition, there should be a certain amount of interest, otherwise the enjoyment of the instrument will quickly fade away. If you do not trust your child to learn music, there are other ways to support your child. In almost every town there is a children's choir. There your child can go, is together with other children and is further encouraged.
The musical ear is promoted in both ways, whether with instrument or voice. Dance lessons are another option. Although there is no singing or making music there, your child must move to match the music and receives similar musical encouragement as when making music independently. But even in primary school, shortly after school enrolment, music lessons are often already offered where children can already try out the first instruments (Guitar holder for the wall from the 3D printer) or discover the joy of singing and clapping for themselves there at the latest.
With all further educational opportunities it should be said: "Every beginning is hard". Be prepared for setbacks and possible frustrations. Your child encounters a completely new form of teaching. It is important that you praise every small step, even if it doesn't sound nice. Sentences like: "But that's a funny melody" or "But those are funny steps" are much better than: "But that doesn't sound right yet". Your child should feel joy in doing this, so they promote faster success.
In conclusion, it can be said that musical promotion has no negative effects whatsoever, but many positive effects. Through music you support your child on several levels at the same time and your child has fun at the same time. Perhaps even you will discover completely new musical sides to yourself.
What are they waiting for? It is time for a little music in your life! 🙂
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