The effects of music in children

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The effects of music in children

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”

This is what Plato once said. And though it might be too early for children to learn physics and philosophy, they are never too young to be exposed to music.  

In a study aimed at providing a comprehensive account of how families use music in their parenting practices and how these would be used as recommendations for policy making and practices in childcare and early learning and development in Australia, researchers found out that informal music education is essential for supporting the cognitive and social development in early childhood.

At Southern Solutions, we believe in the importance of music in early childhood education.  Generally, young children love music even to the point of listening to the same things over and over again.

As much as it drives some adults crazy when a child’s current fave is on loop for days, music has a lot of benefits when it comes to his or her development.


Music and brain development

Music is a good fuel in the development of a child, stimulating brain activity in both the left and right sides of the brain.   

In the initial result of a 2016 study by the Brain and Creativity Institute of the University of Southern California, it appeared that music accelerates brain development in young children, most especially in the areas of the brain in charge of:

  • reading skills
  • language development
  • sound processing
  • speech perception

By exposing a child to music particularly in his or her formative years, you are allowing both their mind and body to work together.


Music and movement

Combining these two is a great and fun way to foster your child’s development.  And whether this is done at home or at a childcare facility, you will be able to see how well your child has developed and the new skills he or she has learned.

Whenever there is music, a child’s initial reaction would be to move. This facilitates the development of both gross and fine motor skills. Aside from that, music and motion can help a child’s:

  • Spatial perception
  • Cross lateral and bilateral coordination
  • Core strength
  • Balance


 Music and feelings

No matter how old we are, music evokes different kinds of emotions. And in children, this is no different.  Music is a great way for children to learn about their emotions.  Children innately gravitate towards music even in their infant stage.  It’s no surprise babies love lullabies!

Music played in different settings can also affect the way children feel, affecting their mood either positively and negatively.  

In early childcare setting, musical play is an amazing way for children to be in tune with their emotions while listening to music and playing at the same time.  

Educators can use musical play in letting kids discover sounds and songs.  Children will certainly feel happiness and joy when you let them sing in their funny little voices while laughing and enjoying.

Music and early childhood education

Music is an important part of our early childcare development.  This is why it’s one of many essential learning opportunities that Southern Solutions incorporate in our Early Childhood Education and Care courses.  

We believe in contributing to a child’s overall development. And that we play an integral role in a child’s growth most especially in their formative years.   

If you wish to become a passionate and driven early childcare educator who believes in the power of music as an essential tool for growth, learning, and development, then Southern Solutions can help you!

Talk to us about your future career plans! Call us at 1300 656 321 or connect with us now!

2017-11-01T02:18:10+00:00September 21st, 2017|Childcare|