Music for children: a study by scientists
If you look around you, you will find that music is everywhere. It is an integral part of our daily life. It doesn't matter how old we are, young or old, we listen to different music all day long!
We hear music everywhere: on TVs, in films, on social networks, on players, on phones, on the street… Almost all types of government ceremonies are accompanied by a musical group or orchestra, or some other music. We sing songs and play music on holidays: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries…
We have music to worship God.
It is difficult to find a child who would not like to listen to music and would not sing along to the rhythm. Research has shown that when parents create a musically rich environment for their children, they not only keep them entertained, but also help develop essential life skills in their children. Therefore, it is not surprising that many parents use music to help their children express their emotions such as joy, grief or excitement. This is a kind of outlet for any person, not just for a child.
What kind of music can teach?
In the 1990s, a group of researchers conducted a study that showed exactly how music affects a child (if he listened to it from early childhood). Music helps children speak clearly, develop their vocabulary, strengthen their emotional skills, and improve their social behavior.
In fact, music has the power to strengthen the connection between the body and the brain. For example, dancing to music helps children develop motor skills. Singing helps develop the voice. Music also helps teamwork and acquire the necessary social skills.
Psychologist Howard Gardner on music
Howard Gardner published his famous theory of multiple intelligences decades ago, and it is still evolving. In this theory, he identified seven different ways that people can learn:
- Using logic math
- musically rhythmic
Later, he added to them two more new ways of learning: "naturalistic" and "spiritual".
Musical intelligence is the ability to learn things in a rhythmic way.
Howard Gardner also singled out several famous and celebrated artists and creative minds such as Stravinsky and Picasso. These are examples of people who studied well and were able to achieve the impossible. It turns out that for them information is best absorbed in the form of patterns (repeating elements).
According to Gardner, children or adults who have developed musical intelligence are more interested in music and poetry. They can learn better if the information is systematized and presented in a musical way. The simplest example that everyone remembers is the melody to which we memorized the alphabet, that is, the counting rhyme. And note that all languages have their own separate melody specifically for the alphabet.
Scientists have concluded...
- Children in early childhood do not react and express music in the same way that adults do.
- The first years of a child's life are the most important for developing a love of music.
Impact on children
Children react to music the same way they react to words. Even the youngest children try to distinguish the tones of music, frequency and rhythm, just as they hear a word for the first time. This is why the early years are so important for a child's development.
They build their own organizational structure in the brain and take apart different parts of the music to analyze it later. This develops their cognitive skills and brain function.
It is important to consider here that children learn musical skills by imitating and memorizing rhythms and tones. If they don't clap their hands or do some other movement, they won't be able to develop their musical skills.
One of the things that has the most negative impact on children is when parents are not musically inclined and do not support the child's love of music.
The role of parents
Whether we're talking about music education or any other type of education, parents play the most important role in a child's life. Schools and teachers everywhere point to the fact that children whose families are more musically inclined have more developed skills and behaviors.
The researchers say that children who are exposed to music at an early age in their homes have a closer bond with their parents. Thus, music is not only a tool that helps children reach their maximum potential, but also a method of rapprochement with relatives.
Let's face it. There are no downsides to letting your child play or listen to music. It has a positive effect on them in many ways: it helps them become better students, better citizens, and better people, and helps them understand the world better and communicate more with their loved ones. In addition, music has a calming effect on children.