Healthy Beginnings

How Does Early Childhood Music Education Affect the Health of Your Child?

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Does your toddler LOVE to dance when you play music? Does your 3-4-year-old LOVE to tell you about every little thing they hear? Does your baby stare longingly into your eyes when you sing a lullaby? That is the powerful effect music has on your precious bundle of joy!

Your little one as young as 4 months old can begin music classes! We talk to our babies from the time they are in the womb because that helps them learn to speak. This same principle holds true for early childhood music classes. If your baby is exposed to rhythm, pitch and a variety of age appropriate instruments from a young age, then music will become second nature to them.

Studies from around the globe have shown that from a very early age music lessons can have profound long-term effects that include: improved language development, higher standardized test scores in math, improved graduation rates, and even decreased likelihood of drug and alcohol use. Music study also awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence, such as abstract thinking, empathy, mathematics and science. Music’s melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Remember singing the ABC song to learn your ABCs? Studying music helps children establish good listening habits, which are essential for achievement in school.

Music activities are perfect for early childhood development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical coordination all in a group setting that builds community – a holistic experience. I encourage you to come and try one of our early childhood music classes. I know you and your child will love it!

Patricia Hudson is the owner of Step into Music, which is located in The Nurturing Nest. For more information and class schedules, visit www.StepIntoMusic.com.