Children are fascinating. And they are even more fascinating to observe when learning is involved. Small babies show recognition when the familiar “Hello” song starts or when we sing a song they have heard many times before. Toddlers, who are beginning to assert their independence, stop in response to the American Sign Language sign for “stop”. And when it’s Quiet Time, a class full of rambunctious two year old boys lie down beside their grown-up and do nothing for 2-3 minutes. It’s amazing. And why do they react in these ways that seem mature beyond their age? I feel it’s the scientific power of music.
"Music education is exercise for the brain" - Anita Collins, PhD in Neuroscience and Music Education
In the TEDx video below, Anita Collins shares how learning music influences brain development and why it is essential for children birth to 7 years of age.
She begins by saying, "What if there was one activity that could improve our cognitive function, help our memory systems to work, help us to learn language, help us to moderate our emotions, help us to solve complex problems, and help our brains to be healthier later in life?"