Education - Learning
By: - at May 3, 2013

The Influence of Music on Children’s Learning

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All around the world, music plays major role in culture. Music is important to people for all different sorts of reasons. Other than its soothing effect on the soul, researchers have been interested in knowing the role it plays on learning, especially with children. Scholars, teachers and parents are concerned with the impact of music on cognitive development. For many, it is essential in helping the young minds develop memory, perception and language skills.

There are countless theories and claims about the main factors that affect the way children learn. Music has been considered one of the most prominent. Rhymes and sing-songs have been a major part of early education because children are introduced to basic communication skills, first or second languages, and other responsive skills. Music is believed to sharpen learning functions including creativity, and has an intellectually stimulating effect on their young minds.

The “Mozart Effect”
The “Mozart Effect”The “Mozart Effect” has been popular when associating music with learning. This refers to claims that listening to the famous musician’s composition improves overall brain performance. Originating from a study conducted by Shaw, Rauscher and Ky in 1993 that found Mozart-listening college students score in spatial intelligence higher than those who do not listen to Mozart. Many started to believe that certain kinds of music stimulate the brain allowing ideas to absorb quickly.

There is Fun in Music
Along with so many benefits and influence on a child's learning, what makes music easy to utilize is the fun it brings. When children find enjoyment in what they get involved in, developing creativity, learning to listen, or adapting a language is easy to cultivate. With the use of songs, children are reminded of experiences, persons or events that can help stir a certain feeling they may need in drawing or scribbling. Additionally, lyrics of these songs are easily memorized and form part of their vocabulary. For many parents, getting the child to be interested in music can be the beginning of enjoying the life-long benefits on learning things easily.

Music Helps Improve Listening
little recording artistWith their brains considered spongy, children are generally curious and learn whatever they heard. When exposed to songs, children pay attention to the words uttered in order to sing along the next time they encounter the music. When parents habitually play rhymes and songs, kids are likely to pick up the words they get to hear regularly. They might even surprise you, being able to repeat phrases and mimic some words from the lyrics. With them getting the words without being taught meant they have acquired a certain level of listening skills they needed more when they become adults.

Music Helps Extend Attention Span
Rhymes and songs kids have picked up from CDs or DVDs parents play, catches their attention and thus stimulates listening. With their desire to learn words or phrases or even a melody, they are likely to pay attention more. In addition, music is known to create a calming effect and thus reduce the motor activity. With this, it is easier to keep the child’s attention on reading or learning skills you may deem necessary. When there is a soothing sound played, children are likely to focus.

attentive kids

Remember, though, that you should determine the child’s preference for music to achieve this effect. Mood or even time of the day may dictate the kind of music to be used. Your child’s increased attention and focus will play great role in many aspects of his life.

Music Can Serve as Memory Exercise
kids in the choirWhen listening to music, the side of the brain which handles our long-term memory is stimulated. With it comes the possibility of having a quicker access to learned information when needed. Children soon learn the songs and are able to complete the next stanzas or melodies on their own. Performing music has been proven to increase linguistic skills and boost memory. Like the sense of smell, music can help children establish associations with people they have met, and memories they treasure.  You can get started teaching your child memory skills with learning music notes easily with this simple ebook.

For many of us, music can make or break the day. It may be a factor for mood changes or increased interest. Music has greater effects than we can ever imagine. With its influence on both conscious and unconscious minds, it is helpful in developing creativity and language skills, developing long term memory and association, and increased attention. Knowing the kind of music that helps attain desired effects for the child can help make it work to an educator's advantage.





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