Many studies have been carried out showing that elementary and preschool children who are exposed to music or play an instrument actually do better in school than those who don’t. Participating in music and learning to play an instrument affects the development of the child’s growing brain in positive ways and has been shown to benefit a child’s IQ, reading skills, coordination, emotional expression, creativity and social skills.
Most young children like to hear a catchy tune and by taking part in singing and playing instruments, they begin to understand concepts such as high and low, fast and slow, loud and quiet, which are the basic elements of music. Singing songs for example will improve a child’s listening skills, whereas playing a simple tune on a percussion instrument can improve coordination skills.
Experts say that elementary and preschool children are exposed to a rich sensory environment when they start learning about music and playing instruments, especially when they participate in group music making. The children are socially interacting all together to achieve some purpose and taking part in the enjoyable and fun exercise of making and playing music.
There is a sense of teamwork and an appreciation of each other’s skills. Each child has their own role in the output of music when they play instruments in a group making situation. The feelings of pride, confidence and self worth are instilled in each child when they participate in instrumental music group play.
It has also been shown that there are other ways in which a child’s development can be stimulated through music and instrument playing, such as concentration, memory and imagination. In a scenario where elementary and preschool children start learning and playing instruments in a group situation, then they will definitely place themselves at an advantage than those children who do not.
All the time, whilst the child participates in instrumental music group play, helps in the further development of the brain by creating neural pathways. Scientists in Canada, who carried out research on the subject, found out that the brains of musically trained children performed better in memory tests that were correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, learning new languages, mathematics and IQ. These results were further enhanced, the scientists found, for those children who participated specifically in instrumental music group play.
The areas of the brain which control motor skills, storing of audio information, hearing and memory, actually become larger and more active when a child learns how to play a musical instrument, which in turn improves those day to day actions such as emotional perception, planning, organization skills and generally being more alert and aware.
The benefits of music and instrumental group play to a child’s development, especially when starting out in the preschool and elementary stages are proven and are clearly apparent. It equips the child in the various ways discussed, throughout their school years, on the social, academic and emotional aspects which strengthens and develops over time well into adulthood.
The activities found in One World Rhythm events have been designed to enforce cognitive and tactile skills while at the same time creating a fun and social setting for the participants.
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