Let's Get Musical: How Music Helps Children Develop

How Music Helps Children you ask?

Hey parents and caregivers! Have you ever noticed the way music seems to always grab your little one’s attention? Have you noticed your child singing to themselves, or trying to sing along to a song in the cutest baby gibberish you’ve ever heard? Do you know why? Yes, we’ll admit, it is possible that you have a musical prodigy in your hands. However, music probably mesmerizes your child and the reason is simple. Music stimulates children and their brains in the most wonderful ways. It helps when developing listening skills, while also helping to build their relationship with YOU.

Brain Development

According to Noreen Kassem of Livestrong.com, music helps children to develop their brains by activating many important areas.

Some of these areas include:

  • The cerebrum and the cerebellum, which both help develop a child’s motor and neuro skills, aiding in physical performance ability.
  • The limbic system, the part of the brain that links emotions and the reason why music often helps soothe or put your child in a good mood (and even changes your mood).
  • The auditory cortex, which helps a child decipher auditory information and increase the ability to analyze content.

And the list goes on and on!

Musical Bonding

The love of music almost comes as an instinct to anyone, whether we consider ourselves musical or not. This is why it seems almost instinctual to sing to an unhappy baby. Babies react to music with much excitement very early on in their lives, bouncing, wiggling, and laughing to the songs that they connect with. Laurel Trainor, Ph.D., director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, found that motivating your child to explore their musical curiosity can help better bond you together. Moving and singing to your favorite songs causes oxytocin to be released, the same bonding hormone that is released while nursing (learn more here).

So get singing! Get dancing! Get wiggling! We promise your singing voice or dancing skills are good enough and your developing child will thank you for it later.

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