Did you know that music classes for kids can deliver a lot more than a session filled with fun and laughter? Maths, memory skills and scientific principles are all intertwined with music classes; for kids, this means that they are learning without even realising it! There are countless ways that your preschool-aged child will benefit from enjoying our music sessions but in case you still need convincing, here’s five thing we love about the impact music can have on learning:
Improving academic skills
We love celebrating all skills that the children bring to our music classes and believe that everyone has their own special talents. When it comes to academic skills, music can help children gain confidence. For starters, reciting songs relies on short-term memory and eventually long-term memory. Plucking a guitar string teaches children about vibrations and recognising the patterns of beat introduces simple mathematical concepts. This hands-on learning allows children to directly experience and observe what is happening during our music classes for kids.
Music can boost self-esteem
Self-esteem can impact several different elements of your child’s learning. Watching other children experiment with instruments, having the time and space to experiment themselves and enjoying the celebration and positivity we share during our session can all deliver a boost to your child’s self-esteem. Problem-solving is an organic by-product of music making and one that is very much enjoyed by the pre-schoolers in our sessions.
Our small group sizes allow us to work closely with parents and children on individual objectives. If you have something on your wish-list for your child’s experience that focuses on their physical, cultural or social/emotional needs, let’s have a chat and come up with ways we can deliver this during our music classes.
Research shows that participating in music can spark changes in the brain; clapping along, singing or experimenting with instruments are all included! Sound processing, distinguishing similar-sounding syllables and impacts on the nervous system all contribute to linguistic development as well as early literacy skills. The most important part of this research is that these benefits are represented strongly in children participating in music classes. And how do we encourage participation in our music classes for children? By removing any and all pressure and allowing the child to make their own choice about how they join in. Foot on the drum? Fine! Sprawled across dad’s lap instead of sitting upright in a circle? Terrific! A cheeky smile in response to a question? Excellent! Allowing kids to relax opens up plenty of space for learning and developing a love for music making.
Your pre-schooler may have emerged from toddlerdom with a little more impulse control and greater receptive language skills but emotional regulation is still something that needs time and opportunity to grow. Emotional regulation can assist kids in facing change in their lives (such as a new sibling or starting school.) In addition to this, research also shows that dancing can help children learn how to share and cooperate as well as develop skills in working together. Using intentional music experiences to calm pre-schoolers down, such as a calming lullaby at the end of the session, can help children deal with stressful situations. Parents and carers can also develop their skills in delivering these experiences and use them at home as needed!
Music classes can bring a profound benefit to so many children as it is an important form of communication and self-expression. Aside from our points listed above, the love of music that children can develop during our classes would have to be our favourite outcome of all.