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!