Why Music Gives Your Child Life-Long Benefits
It takes time and repetition for all the learning to be absorbed and processed in your child's rapidly growing brain.
You see, Kindermusik is not about instant gratification.
In this day and age of ubiquitous immediate rewards, that may be difficult for some parents to swallow.
But you can't just press a button and have immediate delivery of the life-long benefits that Kindermusik provides. It takes a little time and patience to tease out the magic.
Despite my enthusiasm, I can't sing loudly enough about the life-long benefits from Kindermusik classes. Luckily neuroscientists agree...
Prolonged musical activities actually change the structure of the brain.
Try to find another activity that simultaneously utilizes as many different parts of the brain as music - you can't do it.
Music helps develop cognitive function, emotional intelligence, social skills, physical development, language development, and musicality, which in turn enhances executive function skills.
Executive Function Skills are needed for success in school and in personal and professional life.
Much of our society values sports over the arts. But it shouldn't be about choosing sports over the arts.
Instead, it should be about bringing the arts back into our children's learning environment.
While music education benefits every student, studies show that music is the least expensive way, educationally, to help disadvantaged kids to catch up.
According to Diana Lam of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, "Music addresses some of the behaviors and skills that are necessary for academic success," she says. "Since we started implementing El Sistema, the Venezuelan music program, as well as project-based learning, our test scores have increased dramatically."
The more we value music in our society and in our children's early education, the greater the advantage to our children. The research is clear. We need to choose music to nourish our kids.