Salt Lake City, Utah-If your child loves Disney movies, there’s probably a good chance they’ve been endlessly singing ‘Let it Go’ from the movie Frozen. But research shows that engaging with music can be highly beneficial to a child’s development.
A recent PBS article states that learning music can increase your capacity to learn math, reading and other cognitive skills.
“Parents don’t necessarily have to get their child into piano lessons,” says Bethany Hosking, co-owner of Learning Tree Schools in Millcreek. “Even just encouraging them to sing or dance to their favorite song can have a positive impact.”
Hosking and her staff of teachers understand how effective music education can be. That’s why they plan frequent activities around music.
“When children make their own music, they’re engaging in a very stimulating activity,” says Hosking. “They’re using a combination of their senses and their creativity. It’s something they really look forward to at the childcare center.”
The same article mentions an intriguing piece of information found by the Children’s Music Workshop. The group points to recent studies of musical education physically developing the left side of the brain. More specifically, music impacts the area involved with processing language.
Hosking is in full agreement with that.
“Language and communication are some of the most important things we stress here,” she emphasizes. “Language proficiency not only helps a child academically, but also socially. That’s why music with children can be so powerful.”
For those children who are ready to take the next step in music education, consider the following. A child who takes music lessons for nine months can boost their IQ up to three points higher than one who isn’t involved with music.
Why the difference? Experts found that children who stay actively involved in music improve their sound discrimination and fine motor tasks.
Arguably the most impressive finding consists of test scores. Several years ago, a professor of music therapy and education concluded that schools with top music education programs scored up to 22 percent higher in English and Math scores in comparison to schools with lesser regarded programs.
All these great benefits may lead some parents to push their child into music without thinking of their interests. Hosking says this kind of pushy attitude should be avoided and explore alternatives.
“Children are going to connect with music at some point,” she says. “However, parents shouldn’t think that forcing music on their child is going to instantly make them more intelligent. If children enjoy it and express creativity through music, you will see a progression in their learning.”
Our staff welcomes any questions related to music and its impact on learning. Feel free to even ask us about the music activites we have planned!
Learning Tree Schools provides childcare and child development for those in Salt Lake City, Millcreek, Murray, West Valley and West Jordan. Be sure to call our office or visit our website for additional information on the learning opportunities we can provide for your child.
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