Music in early childhood education
Children love music above everything else
Music plays a part in a child´s early education from as early on as in the womb. All sounds and noises from the outside world penetrate the mother´s stomach and can be heard by the baby, whether it´s a lullaby sung by their mother, or the harmonious tune of a music box. After birth, these melodies stir up memories in the baby´s mind and can be useful for promoting healthy sleep, which is indisputably the most important thing during the early years of a child´s life. A useful side effect of music is that it encourages intellectual ability, and therefore has a direct influence on a child´s development. Children perceive sounds very intensively, and music promotes the development of cognitive and coordinative skills. This begins on the first day of their life. Observe your baby when you sing a song to them. They experience the vibrations and rhythm with their whole body, including hands and feet. Experts advise that it is best to use music as part of early childhood education as early as possible.
Music makes you clever
Music has and always will be an expression of culture. Music influences your wellbeing, can relieve stress, create communities by bringing people together and last but not least it is used by individuals to express their emotions and opinions to the masses. With this in mind you could say that music triggers numerous reactions and emotions within us.
Whilst inside the womb, babies possess the ability to perceive sounds and to also differentiate between different tones and pitches. Quiet and loud sounds are received both positively and negatively by the foetus. When it comes to music, it´s fair to say that education begins in the womb.
In this situation, the most suitable genre seems to be classical music, as the brain becomes particularly stimulated through pitch changes and the genre´s complexity. It also stimulates the different areas of the brain at the same time. Again, this encourages cognitive thought. Listening to music also stimulates creativity. The brain is always developing new ways of thinking.
Should my child already be learning nursery rhymes from an early age?
As all parents have surely realized, modern day nursery rhymes are a world away from the rhymes that us parents or grandparents grew up with. They are in no way worse and sometimes are even better in terms of content. Remember, in comparison, the old/ traditional fairy tales. These stories were often tales of sheer horror and would scare children back then, which was also the aim of many of them. In these tales children were sent alone into the woods, or awkward children, who didn´t want to listen or never wanted to eat, would one day be blown away by the wind because they were so lightweight. The often gruesome content was supposed to serve as an educational tool and to more or less help enforce discipline. But did it really work? Why don´t you ask your grandparents? Let us know your thoughts on and experiences with these stories in the comments section below. We´d love to hear what you have to say on the matter.
You will rarely find such scenes in modern day stories for small children. Experts deem that today´s nursery rhymes are a world away from the gruesomeness of traditional children´s stories and fairy tales. Who doesn´t know the nursery rhyme “The wheels on the bus”, which is often sung by children during coach journeys, or “Five little ducks”, with which children learn to count from very early on? By using texts that constantly repeat themselves, children are able to broaden and improve their speaking skills through music.
Nursery rhymes boost concentration skills
By constantly repeating the lyrics and songs, children can increase and improve both their speaking and concentration skills, therefore giving them the ability to learn better and more intensively. More and more words are added to the child´s vocabulary, as children learn their favorite songs off by heart very quickly so that they are able to sing along. A fun thing to do with this is to have them perform their favorite songs to family members as a little concert. It has been proven that music initiates very complex processes in your little one´s brain from very early on. Because of this, musical should not be omitted from your child´s early education, in order to promote a healthy development
The study of music´s influence on the brain has occupied educationalists and neurophysiologists for many years. For a long time it has been assumed that melodies have a positive effect on our brain´s development and children´s brains respectively. Many studies have proven that music in early childhood education has positive effects on a child´s development. It has also been said that a music-based early education is able to encourage musical creativity, to establish a good work ethic, improve social competence and have a positive effect on those who are easily distracted.
Music has a positive effect on our brains in every aspect. Experts also say that it is an advantage for child when they engage with music from as early on as possible, whether that be through listening to children´s songs and singing along or dancing to them or learning to play a musical instrument. Anything goes as long as it´s fun and something your child enjoys.
Learning a musical instrument from an early age also helps develop a child´s fine motor skills. This is because children who play an instrument have to not only engage with the music, but also convey this using the instrument. This requires good interplay between the brain, hands and eyes; the ideal training exercises for a child´s fine motor skills.
Making music encourages social competence
Playing a musical instrument doesn’t just encourage the development of motor skills, but also social competency. When children play music together within a group of contemporaries, they have to learn to listen to one another. In a music group, all children have to adjust to one another, learn from their peers and learn to take criticism.
As with everything, parents shouldn´t force their child to take up an instrument if they themselves don´t want to. In order for music for have a positive effect on the child´s development, playing an instrument has to without doubt be fun and enjoyable. The playful aspect of it therefore plays an important role. Otherwise it´s possible that music will impact negatively on your little one´s creative development. Ask your child which instrument, if any, they would like to learn. If they want to change to another instrument after a while just let them do it.
And very importantly: before buying your child a set of drums it´s best to discuss this with the neighbors!
Tell us about your experiences regarding music in your child´s early education with music in the comments section below. We´d love to hear about it.
Your JollyBabyClub Team