participation provides a unique opportunity
for literacy preparation. Whether the children
are singing, playing, or listening, teachers
direct them to listen and hear in new ways
which exercises their aural discrimination.
Playing instruments and adding movement
to the lessons teaches children about sequential
learning which is essential in reading
Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than
any other for education”. You will find many teachers of young
children who would agree with him. Recent research has found that
music uses both sides of the brain, a fact that makes it valuable
in all areas of development. Music affects the growth of a child’s
brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Music is academic. For some people, this is the primary reason for
providing music lessons to their children. A recent study from the
University of California found that music trains the brain for higher
forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored
27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children
who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical
training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.
Music is physical. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to
sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. The air and wind power
necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a healthy
Music is emotional. Music is an art form. We are emotional beings
and every child requires an artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s
vehicle of expression.
Music is for life. Most people can’t play soccer, or football
at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano
or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child
that will last their entire lives.