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Music enhances creativity, and imagination and has been shown to help with language development, reasoning and stress reduction. Through singing and dancing, children begin to learn about rhythm and beats, enhancing their motor skills and bodily coordination.
Music in Early Childhood Growth and Development
During the past 20 years, interest in early-childhood music education has increased dramatically. A growing number of parents believe that such early-music experiences enhance their children's lives and stimulate mental development and physical coordination. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, music intelligence is equal in importance to mathematical, linguistic, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal and interpersonal intelligence.*
Schools Focus on Academics
Many music and fine arts programs have been cut in many school districts due to budget shortages. Despite the educational focus on test scores and academics, it is important to make music easily available to children. Music helps in developing learning and retention power, which is very important for academic achievement.
Enhances Creativity and Imagination
There is a causal link between music and spatial intelligence, or the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of objects. This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for future development.
Language Development and Reasoning
Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language.**
Builds Holistic Learning Skills
Music helps children build learning skills, as music teaches one to use the mind and body together. Through singing and dancing, children begin to learn about rhythm and beats, enhancing their motor skills and bodily coordination.
Soft music allows youngsters to calm down, whereas happy and upbeat music allows youngsters to release stress by singing and dancing. Both types of music give children a way to relieve stress and relax.
Music study enhances teamwork and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal. Youngsters will be able to sing along with the DVD in unison and learn the benefits of teamwork.
Good Social Habits
Music teaches emotions, aesthetics, = and increases individual capability. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3% as compared to 84.9%)***
*Article from Musictogether.com, 2006 - http://www.musictogether.com/ImportanceOfMusic
**Article from Classicforkids.com, 2007 - http://www.classicsforkids.com/teachers/education/benefits.asp
***Article from menc.org, 2007 - http://www.menc.org/information/advocate/facts.html