The importance of Kindermusik and Learning an Instrument
The importance of early music education:
As trained and licensed Kindermusik educators, we understand the importance of providing children with an early educational foundation. It’s one reason why we choose to teach Kindermusik. Based on current research and developmentally appropriate methodologies, the Kindermusik curricula uses music as the vehicle for learning during the first seven years of a child’s life; however the benefits of music extend well beyond those early years.
Childhood development experts, researchers, and scientists agree that learning through music can set a child up for success in school and in life. The benefits of music for children include:
Early Literacy and Language Development: Active music-making and activities that emphasize steady beat, rhythm, and pitch increase phonological awareness due to similarities in brain functioning between music and language. Plus, stories, nursery rhymes, finger-plays, and songs increase vocabulary acquisition and support early language development.
Social-Emotional Skills: Music classes for children cultivate sharing, turn-taking, active listening, cooperation, paying attention, and healthy social interaction with peers and adults. Kindermusik supports the key abilities needed for children to grow into socially confident and capable people.
Cognitive Skills: Musical learning provides gains in abstract reasoning, spatial and temporal reasoning, and self-control.
Physical Skills: Playing developmentally appropriate instruments and moving around the room to music provides children opportunities to practice both fine- and gross-motor skills each week in class and at home with you.
Music Skills: Kindermusik prepares children for traditional music lessons, including piano, violin, and voice. In class, children may experience steady beat during lap bounces or clapping games, play instruments together to support early ensemble development, learn to tap basic rhythm patterns, sing age-appropriate songs to support vocal development, or even learn to read and write music.
Each week in class, we love leading children and families through musical and movement activities that bring joy to the day and provide learning for a lifetime! Give your child the lifelong benefits of music. Enroll in Kindermusik today!
The importance of learning a musical instrument:
While the Kindermusik curriculum helps infants and young children with the basic skills of music making, learning to play a specific musical instrument also has many benefits beyond just the joy of making music. Based on a list from classicfm.com, here are just a few reasons why it is beneficial to play a musical instrument:
- Increased Brain Function: Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for math and science. Playing an instrument makes you use both sides of your brain, which strengthens memory power.
- Building Confidence: Playing and succeeding at a musical instrument gives you a huge sense of pride and achievement, especially when you manage to perfect a passage you’ve been struggling with for weeks.
- Increased Emotional Wellness: While other hobbies like watching TV or flicking through social media are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy and occupied.
- Self-Discipline: Playing and practicing an instrument increases discipline and time management skills. Unless you’re an out-of-this-world child prodigy, learning to play an instrument isn’t a skill you can master overnight. Learning music takes time and effort, and helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they’ll need to put in the hours and organize their time effectively.
- Creativity: Playing music makes you more creative. Practicing and perfecting a piece of music does wonders for the creative side of your brain.
- Teamwork: Playing an instrument is often not a solo endeavor and requires multiple musicians to play together in an ensemble. Working together to perform a piece of music requires timing, concentration, teamwork, and focus.
In short, playing an instrument is like a total workout for the brain and body! Come and visit our studio to find a passionate and caring music educator that is ready to train your brain!