We have all had the experience of listening to the radio when a song comes on that you haven’t heard in 10, 15, or 20 years. But right away you start to sing along as you heard it yesterday, you don’t miss a single word. Amazing right? Well, not really. You probably heard it a hundred times in its hay day. Repetition.
The evidence is compelling that music and singing have a positive impact on all aspects of childhood learning and development. Classical music is known to soothe and open the channels of the mind, whereas rock music sets your pulse to racing, and chants can send you into a trance. Music has different effects on various human beings depending upon the use.
Music has been an inevitable part of our day-to-day life.
Be it the chirping of birds, babbling of babies or the rhythm of nature, you will find music everywhere. When you listen and hear sweet music tunes you are left behind with the weaving magic of one of its kind. It is around 50,000 years back that music evolved and now it seems to be an integral part of our body and soul. Music plays a great role in our lives:
- It has been found in research that children listening to music are more likely to become engineers, doctors and computer professionals, because of the fact that music learning develops certain important areas of the brain responsible for reasoning and language. Therefore, it is also known for sharpening the memory of an individual.
- A child who has taken birth from the womb of a mother who listened to music is much more intelligent than others.
- Music is used widely in many therapeutic purposes so as to heal mental problems and other learning disabilities in a person. It also heals diseases such as hypertension, brain trauma and provides relaxation during stress.
- It teaches a person how to coordinate, self-express himself, work in a team and follow discipline.
- Even plants are known to thrive towards music as they too respond to sound in the same way as a human does.
- Music brings a devotee closer to his god and this is the reason why religious hymns lift up the heaviness of the mind and free the soul.
- It is also used for meditative properties used for training, healing, exercising and releasing tensions.
- People perform better when music is played because it erases the mental tension and introduces lightness in the body.
- Music and songs have always captured feelings, passions, agony, and distress more efficiently during love and romance.
- It is also used by scientists to map the behavior and functions of the human mind.
Kids are no different. Those songs like Wheels on the Bus and The Itsy-Bitsy Spider help your child learn simple concepts through repetition. Singing along to these simple songs helps them to become familiar with new words and concepts. The Old McDonald song helps young children learn the sounds that animals make and there are songs that help with numbers and colors.
Singing also helps young children feel confident and less shy around the other children. And when you add fun hand motions and wiggles to the song the kids really come to life. And if you really want to add some spice, give children some simple musical instruments. Tambourines, bells, bongos, and kazoos are very easy for children to use and they absolutely love to play them. Exposing them to music at an early age will encourage their love for music as they grow.
Music is a magical gift that should be nourished and cultivated at an early age, especially now that scientific evidence proves that children who have been exposed to music at an early age make better math and science students later on. Medical and health-care research has also shown evidence that there is a link between music and singing, and good health and healing. Children that sing are less likely to be overly stressed and have a more positive emotional profile.