In the past many people have thought that having children learn music is good for their emotional development. However, in recent years, researchers have said that music also effects children’s language development and coordination.
Let’s explore, what benefits music has on children together.
When one begins learning music, they pay attention to the musical notes and sounds they make. They listen to the sounds they make, their teacher makes and their peers make.
The sounds that make up music are very diverse. Melody and rhythm are created from chords, as a result, learning music improves listening skills.
After attending music lessons and hearing various sounds, students are able to differentiate between similar sounds. Learning music from a young age enables children to have perfect pitch.
Having good listening skills also helps with foreign language learning.
Research shows that children who have studied piano for more than 3 years have a more extensive vocabulary than children who have not studied piano.
We know that children who have studied music are able to distinguish between similar sounds and the relationship between music and language development.
Many parents may ask themselves the following questions.
[My child is learning music but I don’t see any improvement in their development.
Does music really have an effect?]
[I studied music but did it really have an effect on me?]
However, based on research done in Canada, people who learned music from an early age were more coordinated than those who didn’t.
People who started learning music early where able to gain physical skills during the short lesson period.
This is because, when playing an instrument one needs to [read the music notes], [listen to the sounds] and [move one’s hands] all at the same time.
Learning how to play an instrument at a young age will help your child learn how to smoothly link movement and sensory perception.
Looking at a brain scan of someone who started playing an instrument early, we can see that the section that connects the right brain and left brain is large and the connections in the brain are smooth.
It has been confirmed that studying music effects other areas of development as well.
It has been found that studying music improves one’s HQ (Human Quality), the basic skills needed for life.
After performing an IQ test on children who studied music from a young age, researchers found that the effects of the early music study lasted until they were college students.
Within music education, studying the piano has the largest effect on improving one’s HQ. When playing the piano, musicians are required to use difficult movements, such as using ones fingers to hit the keys while reading the musical notes on the page.
Performing various tasks at once helps improve general human performance.
Research shows that starting to study music before the age of 7 is the most effective.
Even if your child does not have the ability to become a professional musician, studying music from a young age helps expand one’s total capability and will benefit them throughout their lives.
Let’s give our children the opportunity to study music when they are young.