From within the womb music can begin to advance our intelligence and shape our future. The comfort you feel in your prenatal state associates with the sounds outside the belly, triggering a state of calm when you hear the same sounds in the future outside world. As a toddler, I remember when my dad used to sing me to sleep, little did I know it would help mold the person I am today. Music can play a crucial roll in developing the mental, physical and emotional growth of a human being. It can also be used as a tool to strengthen family relationships and bridge generation gaps.
Music inspires creativity by stimulating the imagination of children at an early age. As a child, when we hear a song that touches on things familiar and symbolic to everyday life such as a favorite color, animal, or food, we begin to visualize and stretch our imagination. This exercise sets a tone for creativity later in life. It also provides a tool for expression that perpetuates our creative abilities.
Music builds coordination. Human beings have an inner rhythm. Our heart beats to a rhythm, we breathe in rhythm, and we even communicate in rhythm. When children become in tune to the rhythm of a song, they sway, tap, and shout syncing in to the music. We begin to develop physical coordination in unison to the sounds that we hear as infants.
Music develops self awareness. Every culture has its own anthem or song that represents them. Many cultures create a unique sound and style that explains who they are. We learn very much about our purpose, sense of self, and place in the universe through the music that is around us.
Music Reduces Stress. The emotion we feel from soothing music can actually slow down your heart and ease tension in your body. A warm lullaby sung by grandma can be a potent sleep medication for babies. The endorphins our brain releases through music can trigger emotions of happiness, excitement, bliss and calm that all contribute to stress release.
Music is healthy for you. One thing music does for sure is make you move. We dance, jump, shake, wave, nod, make faces and do funny things to music. It is a tool that can be used for exercise and physical fitness. The entire family can work up a sweat together right in the living room and complete the amount of daily physical exercise recommended by health experts all through listening to music.
Music Advances social skills. As a child, when we learn the words to a song it builds confidence. From the moment the song begins we know we can impress our parents, grandparents, and friends by singing along with the song. We become comfortable with moving to the music and learn how to interact with people through it. We discover dancing with partners, singing in groups, and even creating sounds with each other by tapping on surfaces and clapping our hands. This early interactive behavior can instill confidence with those who might ordinarily be shy. It provides a tool to advance our social skills and communicate on higher levels.
Music Bonds the family together. From lullabies to birthday songs music plays a valuable roll in uniting family. We can re-arrange our favorite songs catering them to our childrens liking, improvise made up language and expressive movement, and communicate our love and admiration for one another through music. Grandparents can cross generations of time, communicating intimately with a child before it knows how to speak by using music as a communication tool. Music is the fountain of youth, the bridge to understanding, and the power to unite.
I was 9 years old in 1983 when my parents bought me my first 3 albums: Michael Jackson “Thriller”, the Police “Synchronicity” and Billy Joel “glass houses”. I am so thankful to have received such a diverse collection of music. The music I was introduced to as a child helped me to make choices, build relationships, discover preferences, and sharpen my perception of the world around me.
Music can strengthen the bond between distant family members. A child can deepen the love they have for their far away grandparents by singing songs over the phone, or “video visiting” online. Music is the bridge between generations that allow us to communicate with our grandparents from birth.
Whether you practice the enjoyment of singing traditional family songs with your children, or practice the scientific approach of musical advancement and psychological development, the benefits of music for children at an early age are endless. Music brings family together. Music is the key to a complete human being.