Why Is Music Important for Children?

By Patrick Williamson
Music can help a child learn to explore the world around them.

Music plays an important role in the development of children from the time they are born. Some argue that music can positively affect a child even before birth. Music aids in development, movement and communication. Music also enables children to learn faster in other areas of development, such as language and memorization.

Intellectual Development

Music can aid in the intellectual development of a child in a number of ways. First, it helps them to remember things. For example, most children learn the alphabet and commit it to memory by learning the alphabet song. Likewise, the Schoolhouse Rock video series took that theory and developed an entire line of educational videos using songs to help children remember things about phonics, money, government, science and more. Music also aids in teaching children to recognize patterns. Since music, whether instrumental or vocal, is based on a series of patterns, early exposure to music enables children to recognize patterns. This ability helps children develop their math, science and reading skills.

Cultural Diversity

Music plays an important role in almost all societies and civilizations worldwide. Exposing children to music from different parts of the world will help them to learn about other cultures and recognize differences between cultures. This can also help children develop an appreciation for different cultures and traditions.

Physical Activity

Getting children up and moving their bodies to music is a fun and simple form of exercise, which is a good way to fight child obesity. Teaching children dances to go along with specific songs, such as the chicken dance and the Hokey Pokey can help children develop their large motor skills and coordination. Songs and dances like the Hokey Pokey can also help children identify their different body parts and learn their right side form their left side.

Self-Expression

The Family Magazine Group touts music as a great way to allow children to express themselves. Singing, playing musical instruments and dancing are opportunities for children to do what feels fun and enjoyable to them. Allowing children to make their own music and make up their own dances to go along with music will give them the opportunity to develop their own style and interests.

Listening Skills

Listening to music, learning songs, learning to play a musical instrument and learning to dance all require children to listen carefully to instructions, words and melodies. This needed focus on something the child enjoys doing will help them to develop strong listening skills, which will aid them later in life in both school and work.

About the Author

Patrick Williamson has over seven years experience in management, as well as extensive experience in auto mechanics and general maintenance. He focuses his writing on topics that are familiar to him including education, parenting and home repair. Patrick graduated in 2002 with a degree in management.