Studies Show Importance of Music on Child Development

Studies conducted by Brown University’s American Association for the Advancement of Science show indisputable benefits on child development that come from music education.

The studies show that music instruction helps the child develop emotional and intellectual skills, facilitates their learning, and strengthens them in other academic areas (for instance, math and reading). There’s even evidence that it can boost a child’s IQ.

Other studies have reached similar conclusions.  A University of Wisconsin study, for instance, showed that three and four year olds who were given piano lessons for six months performed about 34% better on IQ tests than children who did not receive the lessons.

According to child development experts, when children are about three, they start taking an interest in various musical activities.  That makes this a perfect time for teachers and parents to start mixing music with fun activities that require the child to move—activities such as dancing, jumping, clapping and waving.  Likewise, sing-along games work well for initiating movement in the children and bringing them together for group activities.

Four and five year old kids have become more consistent in music-making and also have begun to understand the song lyrics better.  At this age, children are more ready to sit still for short performances or to listen to musical recordings.  It’s suggested that parents complement the education they’re receiving at school with teaching music that gives valuable lessons.  Good activities for the 4s and 5s will include lessons in writing lyrics, music appreciation playing instruments, and creating their own melodies.

At age’s six to 10, children are able to start learning about musical structure.  Teachers and parents can use repetition, rhymes and experimenting with sounds to help with reading and speech development.  These years are the right time to each children how to play an easy musical instrument (such as the recorder) or for exposing them to choral groups.

While few things are unanimous, educators and child development experts overwhelmingly agree now:  Getting kids engaged in music is good for their academic growth.  Don’t resist this fact, but rather, encourage their musical growth, and see them grow in other way.

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