Making Music: How Early Music Education Benefits Your Preschooler
Your toddler probably enjoys listening to music in the car or sings along with their favorite television show. But did you know that these activities are far more than just fun?
Being exposed to music and music education from an early age can help your toddler develop essential skills and knowledge that can have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. Best of all, your child can reap the benefits of exposure to music both at home and at the quality preschool program of your choice.
Let’s take a closer look at how early music education through a preschool music curriculum helps your young child grow and learn.
Development of Coordination and Fine Motor Skills
Several studies have found that music allows children to use and improve their fine motor skills (or the muscles that later allow them to write, navigate a computer, and perform other detailed tasks), particularly if they’re playing musical instruments. Music also encourages the development of gross motor skills due to their innate inclination to move and dance to the beat. They may even develop muscular strength and balance through their movements.
Keep in mind that the birth-to-age-three period has the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human lifespan. That means this is a critical time for learning and development, both mental and physical.
Improvement of Literacy and Language
Even if you’ve already started to explore your preschool options, your child’s level of literacy won’t be incredibly high. But believe it or not, exposure to music can help in that regard. Your child may not understand all the words in a song, but they will come to understand the overall story that’s told within it. This can help to develop their vocabulary by identifying sound patterns through repetition and anticipate what will come next in the story.
Research has also found there’s a strong connection between rhythmic skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers, which means a preschool music program may help to ready students for reading later on.
Adjustment to New Routines
Once you choose a high-quality preschool program for your child, you may think the hard part’s over. But many children (and parents alike) have a tough time adjusting to these new routines. If your chosen school has a preschool music curriculum, you’re in luck.
As you may well know, music can act as a mood stabilizer; it can instantly turn a level 10 meltdown into a calm situation. It can help remind students of principles they’ve learned (remember the “clean up” song or the “sharing is caring” melody?). It can also help to soothe a child who’s having a tough time during their preschool transition.
Whether utilized at home or at school (or both!), exposure to music can help children re-center themselves and make situations easier to handle.
Not every quality preschool program will prioritize music education. We see the clear benefits that music can bring to our students. That’s why we encourage artistic exploration, dramatic play, and the presence of dance and musical instruments in the classroom. To learn more about our preschool music curriculum, please contact us to schedule a tour today.