In a 2006 study, 94% of adults in the US believed that music is an important part of a well-rounded education.
Despite many Americans recognizing the importance of music, at traditional schools it is sometimes placed on the back burner.
Montessori schools, however, understand the importance of music education. They incorporate music into their program every day. In fact, it’s treated with the same level of importance as any other subject.
This is because the Montessori style recognizes that music provides countless benefits to children. Music can help with early development, learning, and so much more. Overall, music helps develop children into smart, confident, and creative adults.
Each week students at Sandwich Montessori children of all ages, infants – preschoolers, take part in music enrichment provided by Meryl, from Meryl’s music. They they learn rhythm, pitch, songs, and are exposed to a variety of musical instruments. The lively song and melody helps children to develop an appreciation and understanding of music and helps to develop creativity and a new way of thinking about the world around them. Do you want to learn more about some of music’s amazing benefits?
Keep on reading below to find out about the top 6 benefits of music education in early childhood!
1. Music Assists With Language Development
One of music’s best benefits for early childhood education has to do with language development. Music supports the brain’s development on the left side of the brain. Specifically, it assists with the area of the brain that is involved with processing language. When a child spends time learning about music, their brain experiences larger growth in that region than those that don’t.
Children that have been exposed to music tend to have larger vocabularies as well as more advanced reading skills. In addition to that, they also score higher on spelling and reading tests.
Music’s benefit with language development has been extensively studied. In one study, children between the ages of 4 and 6 were exposed to one hour of music education five days a week. After four weeks, 90% of children that received a music education showed an increase in their verbal intelligence. In comparison, the children that didn’t receive any musical training didn’t show any measurable increase.
2. Listening To Music Increases Coordination
Music plays a big role in developing a child’s fine motor skills and coordination. When a child learns how to play an instrument, this requires them to use their eye, hands, arms, and even feet.
As they play different instruments, their hand-eye coordination will improve. In one study, children that were learning to play an instrument showed greater finger motor skills compared to the control group.
Your child doesn’t need to play an instrument to get these same benefits from music. Even dancing to music can help your child develop their coordination skills! Learning how to do the Hokey Pokey or dancing to the YMCA requires them to use different muscles than they’re used to using. As a result, dancing will increase a child’s control over his or her body.
3. Learning Music Improves Math Skills
Learning music at a young age can help with a child’s mathematics skills. Music involves beats, rhythms, and scales. When a child receives a music education, they’re essentially learning how to do math. They have to divide, use fractions, and recognize patterns.
In one study, students who took music lessons scored higher on tests for spatial cognitive development. Spatial-temporal skills help you complete multistep problems. These problems are ones you find in math, computers, and engineering. This shows that music education develops the cognitive skills needed to do well in math.
4. Knowing Music Builds Child’s Self-esteem
Raising a confident, happy child is one of every parent’s top priorities, and one of our top priorities at Sandwich Montessori. What’s a great way to do this? Have your child study music!
Music promotes a positive self-image in a child. Children that study music are more likely to do well in school, work well with others, and stay in school. This means that children that study music are more likely to have greater self-esteem when it comes to school since they tend to do well.
Learning how to play an instrument can also be a huge confidence booster. There is a sense of achievement in knowing how to play an instrument.
Music’s ability to boost your child’s self-esteem and self-image is closely aligned with the Montessori education. In fact, one of Sandwich Montessori’s main goals is to promote a positive self-image in the child.
5. Music Increases Creativity
In rigid school environments, creativity is often stifled in favor of test scores, numbers, and structure. However, creativity is a huge part of your child’s development and should not be ignored. Sandwich Montessori highly encourages creativity!
Music plays a large role in fostering this creativity with children at Sandwich Montessori. They can be silly and make up their own lyrics or beats as they listen to music. They can create new dance moves. They’re allowed to use their imagination as they see fit with music.
It’s so important to foster creativity in kids because it helps them with critical thinking and problem-solving. If they can be creative and think outside the box to solve a problem, they’re more likely to come up with new, innovative solutions.
One of the great benefits of Montessori education is that it is based on the importance of creativity. It is encouraged in the classroom. At Sandwich Montessori we utilize music and many other activities to support this.
6. Music Knowledge Improves Memorization Skills
One last benefit is that music in early childhood helps improve memory skills.
In a famous study, it was found that listening to Mozart for 10 minutes improves spatial reasoning and memory skills. This is called the Mozart effect. In another study, children studying music showed improved memory compared to those that didn’t.
Music education also teaches children to recognize patterns which require improved memory skills. On top of that, children must utilize their memory in order to play songs on their instruments.