Plato once said that “music is a more potent instrument than any other for education”.
Music is important for a child’s development because it’s very helpful with early math skills. Even rhythmic clapping with children. If they copy you, they’re working on pre-math and patterning skills. Music helps with social skills too, children feel fun while singing and playing instruments together. It contributes to social and emotional growth, especially language.
Music is fun and contributes to a positive, relaxed and happy atmosphere. Children respond to music as early as infancy. Music and songs help kids transition from one activity to another.
Music can help children with delays or disabilities. Speech disabilities, a lot of therapists use music. It really helps with kids with speech disabilities. Or children that are in wheelchairs, music is a great outlet and very pleasurable for them.
Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. The air and wind power necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a healthy body.
Music is an art form. We are emotional beings and every child requires an artistic outlet. Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.
“Music and movement are vital to the creative educational process. We enable the
whole child to grow emotionally, creatively, socially and cognitively” (Church, 1992 p.6). Fortunately, preschool and kindergarten curriculum is gradually embedding with music, art, and movement. These are very critical components of an effective preschool and kindergarten program.