Music! What would the world be without it? Boring. Since the beginning of civilization, the human race has incorporated the art of music into various activities. When your favorite TV show is interrupted by commercials, music is always present. When you’re active on social media, music is always present in some shape or form. We even use music to celebrate birthdays and holidays.
Yes, music is a big (and enjoyable) part of our daily lives. Music also plays a major role in brain development beginning at an early age. Did you know that musical instruments are said to be the best tools for developing the brain? It’s okay if you didn’t.
Development of the brain begins in the womb and doesn’t stop until death. It’s been proven that children that learn how to play music at an early age are said to develop faster than children who have not. When children are exposed to music at an early age speak clearer, have strengthened social skills and adopt a large vocabulary for their age.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation states, “According to researchers, the early years of childhood are critical to learn to unscramble the tones of music and to build up a mental organization system to memorize the music.” Just like language development, children develop and hone musical skills by memorizing song tones and rhythms. In other words, music is a great teacher to keep in the home when raising kids.
Brain structures and functions are influenced when brain regions that are responsible for sight, hearing and movement, are used to produce music. Studies show that music training has been the gateway to better language and mathematical skills, and greater academic achievement. The differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement as well. Ever known someone that had “hearing like a dog?” If you have, it’s likely that person was a musician or music was a big influence in the development of his/her adolescence.
Parents, of course, play a role in how music is incorporated into a child’s life. By starting early and signing children up for music lessons for kids, parents who do this are two steps ahead. It’s recommended that children begin music education by enrolling in lessons that are specific to the instrument of choice i.e. guitar lessons, violin lessons, and piano lessons.