Jul. 19, 2012 at 10:19am
How Music Affects Children
The effect that music has on children is very significant to their development. There have been decades of research to show that music has the ability to stimulate a child’s overall intelligence and emotional development. Playing different styles of music for your child will help nurture and encourage creativity, self-confidence, and curiosity.
In 1997, Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher conducted an experiment to illustrate that exposing children to music showed an increase in brain development. The children exposed to music performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than children who had no exposure. This shows that music helps brain development for activities in mathematics, science, and engineering.
There are many ways to get music involved in your child’s life:
- Sing With Your Child – You may not be the next American Idol, but your child most likely does not know what American Idol is and will think you have a glorious voice.
- Homemade Musical Instruments – Show off your creativity and transform everyday items into musical instruments. Try taking out some pots and pans to make your child’s first drum set.
- Introduce All Genres of Music – Hearing different types of music has shown to help foster creativity in children. It doesn’t matter if it is classical, folk, camp songs, dubstep or country music.
- Music is a Performance – Kids love to perform. Just put on a few of your favorite songs and encourage your children to dance, sing, and enjoy themselves.
- Kid-friendly Concerts – Live music is a great experience for children. There are many fun music groups that perform specifically for kids.
Why not get started this weekend? Colorado-based singer-songwriter Steve Weeks will be live in concert at KidsQuest on Saturday, July 21st - come check it out!