How Music Molds Young Minds
Music education is about far more than just letting kids have fun before getting back to more “academic” subjects like reading and math. Because learning music has very real and important benefits, especially in children’s early years, our current Cultivating Hope campaign is to fund a music program at Little Ones Preschool in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
A recent article from PBS discusses why learning music is so important for kids. To start, singing, dancing, and playing music all require kids to use different skillsets at the same time. During music class, children must coordinate using their eyes, ears, and voice. They use their muscles while dancing but also use fine motor skills when playing an instrument. With all of this activity, research shows that music activates more of the brain, leading to more learning and growth.
Music education also gives preschool students a big boost when it comes to language development by improving their ability to interpret sounds. Music practice can actually wire the brain in a way that makes it better able to learn language; research has shown that learning music physically develops the part of the brain involved in language processing. And because language is the basis for interactions with others, improving language skills helps kids socially, too. This extra help with language skills is especially important for kids who are just learning English, as many of the students at Little Ones are.
Additional research also suggests that understanding music improves kids’ spatial intelligence—a kind of thinking that helps them solve multistep problems. It is the foundation for solving complicated math problems and working with computers, among other things. So it’s no surprise that kids who receive a quality early childhood education, including activities like music, enter kindergarten with higher math, language, and literacy skills than those who do not attend preschool.
Music offers plenty of other, more intrinsic benefits, too. It provides a fun, engaging way to learn about different cultures, an opportunity to bond with others through singing and dancing, and a source of pride for young children who feel they have accomplished something by learning a song. And teachers at Little Ones say music is a great way to help children burn off extra energy so that they can focus during other activities.
With all the good that music can do for young minds and bodies, providing a music program to Little Ones Preschool is a chance to make a big impact. Read more about the campaign and lend your support. A donation of $40 funds the program for week!