My daughter loves to bang on her drum. Loudly. She loves to play her bells and toot on her recorder. Sometimes it makes me cringe but, one day it could be music to my ears so, so I let her make noise and ask, “wow, have you been practicing?”
Music has many benefits for developing toddlers. From learning about rhythm and pitch to improved memory, focus and discipline. Here are 10 ways music can benefit your child.
1. It will boost their brain power
Want to give your child a mental advantage? Music can do that. "More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement with children who are exposed to music," says children's music specialist Meredith LeVande of MonkeyMonkeyMusic.com. "Music simply stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development."
2. It will improve their memory
Where did that shoe go? That's a question asked far too many times in far too many households with kids. Help your kids remember more (and learn more!) with music. "Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child's learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development," says Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
3. It helps them socially
Picking up an instrument can also help your child break out of their social shell too, experts say. "Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline," says Marturet, who also oversees the MISO Young Artist program in South Florida, which allows young musicians to hone their musical skills as part of a professional orchestra.