WHY MUSIC? HERE ARE 25 REASONS!
Music improves phonological awareness.
Music can effectively teach children self-regulation, which research indicates can be a key factor in early school success.
Moving to music helps children become aware of the space around them and strengthens spatial awareness.
Patterns in music help children recognize patterns in math.
Music refines auditory discrimination.
Rhymes and fingerplays give practice with ordering, which is an early math skill.
Musicians have better memories when compared to their peers.
Actively participating in music classes gives young children an opportunity to learn how to share, take turns, and cooperate.
Fingerplays and playing instruments supports fine motor skills development.
Children love music and learning through music teaches them to love learning!
Rhythm skills or lack thereof could predict reading disabilities leading to early intervention.
Music increases auditory sequencing ability.
Music heightens oral language development.
Music enriches vocabulary development.
Steady beat skills give children the ability to read fluidly.
For babies, moving to music in a caregiver’s arms develops babies’ vestibular system, which is responsible for helping the brain understand gravity, gain balance, and develop spatial awareness.
Music enhances speaking skills.
Dancing and moving to music supports cross-lateral movement, spatial awareness, eye-hand coordination, and eye-tracking—foundational skills for reading.
Participating in music classes supports social and emotional development.
Listening to soothing music can help teach young children to learn how to relax.
Pairing a word with a movement increases children’s understanding of the concept even before they can speak.
Musical activities stimulate development in every area of the brain: vision, balance, speech, behavior, sensation, skill, movement, and emotion.
Learning to play a musical instrument or sing can help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills by improving the way their nervous systems process sounds.
Musical ensemble experiences help children to listen closely and work together as they play-along and sing-along together as a group.
Circle dances create a sense of community, belonging, and self-esteem.
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