Listening to music contributes to the development of babies and children because the harmony of sounds stimulates hearing and speech and also their intellectual, sensory and motor development. In addition the benefits of musical stimulation for child development include:
- Easier to speak words correctly;
- Greater skill in learning the syllables and the alphabet;
- Facilitates the learning of mathematics and foreign languages;
- Improves affective development and motor coordination.
Babies begin to hear still inside their mothers’ wombs and the more music they hear, the better their intellectual development will be. Check out some stimulating sounds for newborn babies .
The importance of musical stimulation
The sooner music is introduced into the child’s environment, the greater the potential for learning because children who live surrounded by words will more easily and quickly acquire a fluent and clear speech.
Parents can leave children’s songs for the baby to listen to while playing and watching video clips with children’s singers is also a good strategy to stimulate child development. In addition, music inside the nursery and kindergarten already helps the child to develop better. However, the most appropriate songs are the children’s songs that talk about animals, nature and friendship that teach how to do good and that are easy to rhyme.
When the child can start playing musical instruments
In pre-school and in the first cycle it is already possible for the child to have music lessons, which are called music education and although children may show interest in learning a musical instrument such as drums or percussion even before the age of 2, it is from from the 6 years that they can start taking classes with instruments that must be appropriate for their age, so that they can reproduce the activities that the teacher indicates.
The instruments that require less motor dexterity and that are therefore easier for the child to learn to play are the drums and percussion instruments. As the child grows and has better motor control and fine motor skills, it will be easier to learn to play the piano and wind instruments.
Before this stage, the most suitable classes are those of musical initiation where she will learn to reproduce sounds and learn small children’s songs that contribute to her musical growth and development.
In people who play musical instruments, the whole brain is equally stimulated, especially when it is necessary to follow a score or the figures of a song because to read both the staff and the score it is necessary to use vision, which will stimulate the brain movements to perform the movements needed to play the instrument, with numerous brain connections per second.
However, not every child has the desire and the ability to master an instrument and so parents should not force the child to study music if he does not show any interest in it. Some children just like to hear songs and dance and this is normal and does not mean that they will develop less than children who are interested in musical instruments.