Music plays an important role in our lives. It is present in many everyday things such as television, movies, school theater, holidays and celebrations. At home, music can become part of the family experience, a natural part of our everyday lives. From the birth of our babies we instinctively use music to calm and soothe our children, to express happiness, love and fun, and to participate and relate with one and other. So here we have put together some great reasons why music is great for children.
Music Makes You Happier
“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James. Research has proven that when children listen to music then enjoy, their brain releases dopamine; that fabulous feel good sensation. Good music makes its listeners feel emotions like happiness, excitement, and joy. So the next time one of your children wake up on the wrong side of the bed, get them an emotional boost, pop on their much-loved tunes for 15 minutes. That’s all it takes to get back to feeling fab, if you’re looking for one to play today we love ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.
It lets them have personal preferences and also identify with others
When listening to music, children quickly learn what they love and also what they don’t. Using headphones for kids is a great for children to recognise things they enjoy and even better for you to ask them why. Music can be a perfect way for your child to find something they are passionate about and are able to enjoy alone, but just as importantly with others, a shared interest in a musical genre or particular song can be a great way for children to identify with one and other and bond over similar tastes.
Helps them to be creative and expressive
Who else when their children were still in nappies, has seen them groove on down to some funky music. Listening to music encourages children to express themselves, whether this is through dance, song or a good old bang with a wooden spoon. Creativity is one of the most essential tools for a child’s development; problem solving, self-expression, and imagination are all amazing for your child and can be done through playing, creating and especially improvising along to music.
In this day in age we are so lucky to have such open access to a wide range of fabulous music. The power of music to stimulate young minds and touch young hearts is never to be underestimated and should be truly encouraged.