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THE MAGIC OF MUSIC

THE MAGIC OF MUSIC

5th May 2020

Musicality is an intrinsic part of being human, even our speech is comprised of musical elements such as pitch and rhythm.

Parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe, to express love, and to entertain and interact with their little ones from birth onwards.

In Early Years, rich and varied music is a key component of learning as it ignites all areas of child development and the essential skills necessary for school readiness.

Music helps to spark communication and language - exposing children to music during early development has been proven to help them learn sounds and meanings of words - and maths.

Music and singing songs also supports social-emotional and physical development and boosts creativity.

And, just as it does for adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
Essentially, music helps the body and mind work together in harmony.

Babies recognise the melody of a song long before they understand the words.

While toddlers love to dance and move to music and are quick to pick up rhythms by clapping or tapping (banging!) on objects.

And older pre-schoolers love to sing, preferring songs that repeat words and melodies and have a regular beat.

 

Communication and language

Music stimulates the brain and, by tuning children into the rhythm of language through song, they help to understand and learn the patterns of sound that they later turn into words and phrases.

 

Literacy

Music helps to promote phonological awareness - the skill that allows children to recognise and work with the sounds of spoken language and the key to learning to read.

 

Maths

Just like maths, music is built on sequences and patterns. And mathematical thinking can be developed further through action songs using positional words.

 

Physical development

Lively songs or music encourage little ones to get up on their feet to dance, jump about or simply move in time to the beat, helping to develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination. Getting hands-on with musical instruments develops fine motor skills.

 

Personal, social, emotional development

Different music experiences in children's early years builds confidence and self-esteem while at the same time encouraging self-expression.

 

Creativity

Music is perfect for heuristic play when children can create their own actions, dance and role-play.

 

Learning and development aside, music is joyful - no matter what your age. And there's a strong link between music and health and happiness - something we all want for our children.

As the Chinese philosopher Confucius said: "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."

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