Music and child development - Is music really important in your child's development?
Researchers have established that music and movement programs affect the development of a child between his birth and primary school years.
Here I want to share with you the benefits of early childhood music and music activities for kids that you can do at home with them.
Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music and all of its facetsphysical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritualto help kids to improve their health.
Music therapists primarily help children improve their observable level of functioning and quality of life in various domains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional and affective development, behavior and social skills) by using music experiences such as singing, song writing, listening to and discussing music, moving to music to achieve measurable treatment goals and objectives.
Music is a vibrant part of all cultures and is therefore a powerful tool when working with children. As music is non-verbal, it can be used to convey thoughts and feelings that feel inexpressible. Children often do not have the vocabulary to say what they have seen or felt.
Music as therapy gives a voice to the unheard and unhealed experience, and assists the remedial process. Musical structures such as songs can be used to tell a persons individual story and the playing of certain instruments (e.g. drum) can help in dealing with strong emotions such as anger.
There exist a whole range of music therapy songs and music therapy activities that enable children to develop and grow into healthy, contributing members of their communities and of society at large.
With all these benefits that music can carry, it's no surprise that music therapy is growing in popularity. For more information on music therapy, visit the American Music Therapy Association's website.
The music therapist adapts to the needs of each child with the aim of promoting their physical, social and emotional development.
Music therapy research has shown that music as therapy aims to:
The buzzword, "Mozart Effect", has been bandied about by popular print and broadcast media. It is featured in parenting, education, and music oriented publications, and in the mainstream general press. While it has renewed interest in classical music education and focused much deserved attention on the general field of childhood development.
The French researcher, Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis used the music of Mozart in his efforts to "retrain" the ear, and believed that listening to the music presented at differing frequencies helped the ear, and promoted healing and the development of the brain.
To get the most benefit during music lesson plans keep the following in mind...
When singing you must remember to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N! Singing too fast is the most common mistake parents make.
In my opinion, music and child development goes hand in hand. In the end it is your decision what you do with this.
Cognitive abilities, communication skills, social domain, motor skills and emotional development are all areas affected by using music as therapy.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent - Victor Hugo.
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