How Music Trumps Reading For Childhood Development

I came across this article and had to do a double take when I read the title, "Music Trumps Reading." We know how important reading is, even from a very young age, and we read to our kids all the time. This study suggests that making and playing music with your children is just as important, if not more so, for their development.

The study examines the link between informal music making at home at an early age and cognitive and social-emotional outcomes later on. The University of Queensland, Australia, team found that informal music making can lead to better literacy, numeracy, social skills, and attention and emotion regulation by the age of five.

I like to say that we make music for music's sake. We enjoy it. It strengthens bonds. It brings joy. It's FUN! Your kids' faces light up when we sing, play, and dance together. In a world full of screens, music making/playing is a wonderful way to get some meaningful face to face time.

I see studies like this as a really awesome side effect of what we're doing at home and in the Music Time! classroom. I hope you are enjoying the Music Together® program with your children! 

Making Music in the
Classroom and at Home

Fiddle Session 2015

What a great start we've had to our Fall session! I have loved getting to know everyone and working with the kids. They are beautiful music-makers and a joy to play with. I think everyone is having fun, too!

Check out the video above - this is Derek chanting "Here is the Beehive" from the Fiddle collection. Notice his rhythm and the shape of his phrases? Hopefully, after a few weeks of Music Time! you will be able to catch a clip of your little one singing at home like this!

It goes to show how important parent participation and encouragement is in music education. If you are listening to CDs at home and actively participating in class, your children are likely to do the same (and we'll have a ton of fun!). However, don't be discouraged if your child isn't participating the way you think they "should" in the classroom. Some children will observe for a little while - or long while - before they feel comfortable interacting. No matter how your child participates, know that they are little sponges absorbing all the time. You may be surprised to hear them break out singing "Ram Sam Sam" during bath time or "Sweet Potato" in the backseat.

Have a great weekend - and keep on singing!

Ms. Mandy