People are naturally attracted to music as music is an emotional, complex, multi sensory and creative experience. Music can be soothing for infants, and calming for older children and even for adults.
Children of all ages express themselves through music. When children sing or listen to music, when they move or clap or dance to it, they engage themselves in the experience. Introducing and letting children to experience music during early development will help them learn the sounds and meanings of words better. And of course, when children sing, they listen closely to learn new vocabularies and rhymes in a fun way. Music stimulates the various senses and helps children in learning and improving language skills.
Also, when children sing with their friends, the sound they created and their experience are more broad and inclusive. Therefore, the earlier a child is exposed to music, the more effectively his/her brain responds to stimulation. Even young infants sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music and many preschoolers make up songs and sing to themselves as they play the instruments. Music develops listening, reading and writing skills, improving fluency of speech, and communication. Therefore, in most preschool settings, they apply music for this purpose. There is music to greet and say hello in the morning circle time. There is also the kind of music that makes children think, and urges them to be more creative and stimulates their imagination. As young children participate in music-based activities, their body muscles, senses, and intellect are attracted simultaneously; they are utilising their brains in ways they rarely do!
written by Yenti Handala
Center Director of Tutor Time Pluit