How Music Can Help Your Kids
Music inspires you, makes you feel, revs you up or mellows you out. As responsive to music as you are, your kids are probably even more responsive. How can you harness the power of music to benefit your kids?
Music that has a slow tempo and deep tones is restful. To lull your kids at nap time and to calm them when they are bouncing off the walls, simply play slow tempo, deep toned CD’s for your kids.
Music that has a moderate tempo and higher pitches can be cheerful or uplifting. You can use such music to set a mood (i.e., by playing the music early each morning to start the days off on a cheerful note) or to alter a mood (i.e., by playing the music when the kids are a little crabby to help them feel cheerful again).
Music that has a fast tempo is stimulating and can be used to keep your kids excited or to help them have fun (i.e., it’s good background music for an energetic kids’ party).
Some music (especially certain classical pieces from Mozart) have been scientifically proven to enhance spatial-temporal reasoning. This “Mozart Effect” is best achieved by having your kids listen to the specific music from birth-or before-and consistently throughout their childhood.
Some music (especially certain classical pieces from Mozart) have been scientifically proven to reduce the number of seizures that people with epilepsy have. This is true even when the patients are in comas.
Music can reduce a person’s experience of pain. Studies have shown that when test subjects listen to their preferred music (whatever music style that may be), they may experience less pain than when they are not listening to music. This is called “audioanalgesia”.
Listening to music has also been reported to increase/decrease (depending on the style of music) memory retention, ADHD behaviors, violent behaviors, fine motor skills, and much more.
In addition to the passive experience of music (i.e., listening to music played by others), the active experience of music (i.e., singing, playing an instrument, etc.) also holds many benefits for your kids.
Learning to play a musical instrument (usually beginning in elementary school) trains kids’ ears, minds, and hands. The ability to perceive rhythm accurately and replicate it correctly is increased. The ability to cognitively focus on a task can improve. Fine motor skills are enhanced.
Singing or playing an instrument as part of a group (i.e., a choir, band, or orchestra), can foster a sense of teamwork or synthesis. This is a crucial life skill for both kids and adults.
There are many more ways that music can help your kids. While we have highlighted some of the most important benefits above, a host of other benefits await you and your kids once you begin employing music to shape your kids’ experience of their lives. Now that you know the power of music, you can use music to help your kids in so very many ways.
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