Is early childhood music education worth it? Is it just an alternative to daycare, or will your child learn valuable skills and cultivate a love of music?
Many studies have been conducted to test the effects of music lessons on young children, and a whole industry has grown out of this research (Musikgarten, Kindermusik, etc.). In short, music lessons can help young kids by:
We’ll explore this more below, and of course, if you would like to inquire about piano lessons in Greenville, early childhood music classes, or the other instruments we teach, please get in touch!
Some parents go so far as to play Mozart while their baby sleeps - is there really something to the notion that music can make your child smarter? While “smarter” is perhaps too generic of a term, your child’s brain development will benefit from music classes.
Did you know that the same part of the brain that comprehends music is the part that comprehends language? PBS has written about the fact that young children who undergo musical training have a more physically developed left side of the brain - and by logical extension, they are more prepared for the mental rigors of comprehending and reproducing words and sounds.
Considering the importance of linguistic skills and the fact that music classes accelerate brain development, it may be worth enrolling your young child in music classes so they can develop advanced language comprehension at a younger age.
Learning and memory are skills that should be exercised just like any other discipline, or even a muscle - but fun, interactive music lessons are a fantastic way for your child to practice learning.
Take physical activity, for instance. Is it better for a young child to run on a treadmill, or get exercise naturally while playing? The latter is obviously the right choice, and we can apply that principle to music lessons.
Early childhood music classes are enjoyable because they engage the mind and body - and as a result, your child will internalize musical concepts faster. They will memorize tunes, rhythms, notes, and other new concepts, and they’ll be having so much fun that they won’t even realize how much they are learning.
Time signatures, beats, and note durations are mathematical concepts, and they objectively make sense (for instance, 3 / 4 time is three beats to a measure; 4 / 4 time has four beats to a measure). It’s almost never too early to grow your child’s ability to comprehend time and rhythm and help them think logically through new concepts.
The importance of IQ scores is itself a controversial subject, so we won’t dwell on it much here. However, this is a common question!
Firstly, let’s discuss the often-cited study by Glenn Schellenberg of the University of Toronto. He observed the before-and-after IQ tests of 132 children. These subjects were split into four groups of control students, music students, and drama students. He did observe a 3-point IQ increase in the piano lesson group over the nine month period of time. Thoughts:
So in short, if your goal for enrolling your child in piano lessons is solely to increase their IQ, it’s probably not worth your time. However, the linguistic, artistic, and social development of your child will more than make up for it.
Socializing is always a hot topic among parents of young kids, and music lessons are an excellent way for your child to learn how to interact and work with their peers. Students will engage in musical activities together, and since the students will very often be using different instruments (the students don’t all use the same instruments at the same time), they will learn how to do their part to produce a cohesive whole.
It’s also a wonderful environment to make friends and learn how to share - and students can end up being friends for years to come.
Confidence is generally an earned state of mind, and if you can start your child on a path towards confidence at an early age, you’ll have done them a huge favor. Music lessons and classes teach discipline and the value of consistent practice, and as your child sees that the drills, exercises and classes are leading to increased abilities at the keyboard or other instrument, your child will learn the value of practice and the correlated increase in self confidence. Furthermore, music classes give students the opportunity to sing or play in front of others - that can seem like a daunting experience, but if your child crosses that bridge early, he or she will be better prepared for public speaking or performances in the future.
Piano, rhythm instruments, ukuleles, and other musical devices used in early childhood music education lead to a measurable improvement of fine motor skills, and better yet, that development will happen in a fun, enjoyable setting.
Good music classes will help kids fall in love with music via discovery - for instance, if young children are playing with different rhythm instruments, dancing, and singing, they will develop a love of music naturally at a young age. This is far superior to being handed an instrument at six or seven years old and being told to sit in a formal lesson and practice.
The enthusiasm for music acquired in music classes will spill over to private lessons when the child is ready, and they will have a lifetime of music-making to look forward to rather than another chore (you certainly don’t want piano practice to be viewed in the same light as math homework, for example).
If you think your young child would enjoy music classes at our studio, we would love to hear from you! We have age-appropriate activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (along with school-age through adult lessons), and each track prepares students for continuing music education.