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Why Music Is Important In Preschool | ABC Home Preschool Blog

Would
you believe that your preschooler inherently knows what is good for her? Maybe
that’s not always true (after all, she’ll grab the tater tots over
the spinach every single time) but in the case of loving music, she’s
automatically right. Although it may be to varying degrees, almost all preschool
children love music. Some naturally start to dance when they hear it. Others
enjoy clapping along in a group with sing-song games. And many enjoy singing
to themselves or with others. This love for music is natural, and it’s
something that’s great for your child.

That’s because
music
is important to the healthy development of your child. In the preschool years,
love of music remains mostly uninhibited by the influences from the outside
world (like being too embarrassed to sing aloud). This encourages the growth
of creative impulse in your preschooler. But more than just encouraging creativity,
supporting music for your preschooler also helps to forge important pathways
to the brain which have been shown to improve math and thinking skills. Additionally,
musical children tend to be more capable of developing and controlling their
physical movements. And finally, music is something which inspires joy and a
joyful child is a happier, more well-developed child.

First and foremost,
a child who is encouraged to enjoy music during the preschool years is a child
who is likely to have a well-developed sense of creativity. Music is one of
the first primal instincts that we have in terms of creative urges and the chance
to explore those urges in a supportive environment gives your preschooler a
sense of safety in regards to exploring her own creative self. By telling your
child (even implicitly) that it’s great for her to make up her own songs,
tunes and dances, what you’re really telling her is that it’s okay
to take a chance on being creative. This openness to creative thinking will
benefit her throughout her lifetime.

At a more physiological
level, music can actually help to forge pathways in the brain that are important
to your preschooler’s development. By improving the links between neural
pathways, music actually helps your child learn all kinds of different things
that you might not at first associate with music. Music can improve abilities
to learn math, language development and other educational areas. Research into
this is still being done but studies have consistently proven that there is
some link between an enhanced ability to learn and enjoying music during the
preschool years.

Of this research,
that which is most supported is the idea that music in preschool can assist
children in developing improved spatial-temporal reasoning. This refers to the
type of reasoning that allows you to look at a two-dimensional picture and manipulate
it in your mind. It forms the foundation for logical thinking. This is interesting
because kids who listen to music are often thought of purely as creative individuals,
and often as dreamers, but kids who are musical in preschool may actually be
more logical thinkers as they get older.

Musical kids will
also be better able to control their bodies as they grow up. They’ll learn
movement more quickly and potentially be better athletes because of this. The
reason for this is that music gives us a sense of rhythm. Kids who not only
listen to music but who are also encouraged to play musical games and enjoy
musical instruments will be more likely to make well-rounded use of this skill
by translating it over into improved body control.

And finally, despite
all of these great things that are happening to your kids as they enjoy music
in preschool, they really do just simply love it. For kids, music is fun. And
that kind of fun translates into a joy that is beneficial to your child overall.
After all, picture a class of kids who are asked to sit at a desk all day and
then picture a class of kids who have music incorporated into every lesson.
Which group is more likely to be healthy? Sure, these may be extreme examples
but when applied to your preschooler’s education, you can see the importance
of including music in the day’s curriculum.

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3 Responses to Why Music Is Important In Preschool

  1. When my daughter was in daycare, her favorite part of the day was the daily “music time”. She has favorite bands/musicians, and can instantly pick out the songs she likes when they comes on the radio. I made a video today of her dancing to one of her favorites.

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