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THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC IN CHILDREN'S LIVES
By Jean Warren
 

Whether you are musical or not, you can add the element of music to your child's life. Experts agree that music can strengthen children's minds and serve as a fundamental skill of learning.
Music develops children's sense of patterning and memory skills. Some say music "nourishes children's brains". Music stimulates brain connections and can actually make children smarter.*

Listed below are ways you can add music to your child's life.

  • Play a variety of music in the background when your child is playing.
  • Encourage your child to move to the beat of music.
  • Introduce simple instruments to your child such as a play guitar or harmonica.
  • Show your child how to make their own instruments such as simple drums and shakers.
  • Teach your child simple children's songs such as "Eensy, Weensy Spider" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
  • Show your child how to keep time to the beat of music through clapping and tapping.
  • Help your child make up their own songs by adding new words to familiar tunes.
  • Discuss music that is fast and slow; music that is high or low.
  • Have your child draw to music and express what the music tells them on paper.
  • Teach your child how to hum a tune.
  • Sing familiar songs and have your child fill in the rhyming words at the end of some lines.

*Studies by Frances Rauscher and her colleagues at the Center for Neurobiology & Memory at the University of California at Irvine.