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Benefits of Playing Music to your Children

Posted on August 09 2019

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Music is everywhere: on television, in movies, on the radio, in shopping centers, at holidays and celebrations, and in our everyday lives. Music is part of our everyday culture, and at home, it can become part of the family’s culture as well. If you enjoy music or have musical abilities, passing it on to your children by playing them music will prove to be more beneficial than you’d think.

The Benefits of Music for the Brain

According to a study from the University of Southern California, musical experiences from an early age can improve brain development, more specifically in areas such as reading skills and language acquisition. It can also improve mathematical learning, memory skills and SAT scores.

What this means is that exposure to music from an early age will provide benefits regarding academic achievement, but that’s not the only thing it will improve. All areas of child development are improved by music, such as social-emotional development, intellectual development, motor development, and language development.

For kids, language development is the area that’s most improved by exposure to music because it allows them to learn sounds and the meaning of words faster and with a lot more ease. Exposure to music unavoidably leads to dancing, which will encourage motor skills and self-expression.

More than that, music makes us feel happy, no matter what age we are. In fact, it allows us to explore many more emotions than happiness in a super healthy way. Music can express a vast variety of things, and it’s important for a child’s emotional development to be exposed to this from an early age. To know that you can always count on music to find joy and peace is something we all need to learn as soon as possible.

iKids offer a number of musical toys for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and young kids. The best part is that their musical toys do not need charging and require no batteries.

Music Through Your Child’s Life

Now that we understand how important music is, let’s see how it helps our children through different stages in their development.

• Infancy: Playing music to your children from infancy, in English and other languages, will allow them to start recognizing sounds and develop a musical hearing from early on. Music, especially classical music, can help calm your baby if they’re fuzzy and help them get better sleep, not to mention it will also improve their mood.

• Toddlers: Music can encourage language-learning and memory for toddlers, not to mention it will improve motor skills because your kids will love to dance and move around to the beat of the music. We recommend silly songs that will make them laugh and that are easy to remember, with a good rhythm to clap along.

• Preschoolers: At this stage, children will enjoy using their voice. Because they’re not self-conscious, they will let their voices go and sing songs at the top of their lungs. They will also start coming up with their own tunes during playtime, so make sure they listen to music about familiar things.

There’s no downside to introducing music to our children from an early age, it will not only improve their development but also help their emotional health!

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