Ways Children Learn through Music

Music education is so important in a child’s life.  While I was a preschool educator I was also a Kindermusik teacher and I would often integrate Kindermusik into my classroom.  It was amazing how children would respond to learning through music.  Many children who found it difficult to grasp certain concepts would all of a sudden master them when exposed to the concept in a musical way.  Many times I was astounded at the result of music on my students.  Here are some ways children learn through music:

Language and Literacy Memorizing songs will help children learn new words as well as help them determine how the word should be used in a phrase or sentence. Repetition of words helps reinforce and increase the child’s vocabulary. Rhyming songs help children become aware of words and their sounds. Music also has structure and order as does language.

Social/Emotional Music encourages taking turns, helps listening and attention skills, and helps children interact and socialize with other children. It can also help with self-control as the child will have opportunities to sing loud and then be quiet as well as follow instructions. Many studies have shown that music education helps to increase confidence and self-esteem.

Motor Skills Music and movement classes have children moving along with the song which increases gross motor skills and coordination. Playing instruments improves fine motor skills.

Math and Science Children learn to count as well as multiplication and division (to figure out how long the note is). Complex patterns and order are important math lessons learned through music.

Do you feel music education is important?  How do you incorporate music into your child’s life?