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The Importance Of Music In The Development Of Toddlers.

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Very early in their life, children will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. After all, music is meant to touch our souls! Besides that, music provides cognitive benefits that support children’s early development.

In this article, we talk about the benefits of getting musical around your toddlers. Here are a few reasons why music can be beneficial to the development of your child.

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Music increases toddler’s sensory development

Just as taste, textures and colours aid a child’s sensory development, so does music. Exposing your child to different types of music can help create more pathways between the cells in their brains. This effect increases even more when you link music to different activities such as dancing.

Music can improve literacy and numeracy

From an early age, babies can hear the difference between different types of sounds. After just a few weeks, a baby is able to identify their mother’s voice from other people’s. Exposure to music enhances a child’s natural ability to decode sounds and words. In addition to that, music also helps children anticipate what is coming next in a poem or a song and they know how to put these patterns in a sequence. By mastering these skills, children build the base of literacy and numeracy.

Music is a mood lifter

A lot of parents tuck their children in with a lullaby or calm them down with a song. Just as music can soothe a child, it can also lift their spirit.

Music helps toddlers build coordination

Music encourages children’s inclination to move, developing their fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Plus, if the rhythm is very entertaining, you may even notice your toddler starting to jump up and down, which helps with their muscle development, strength and balance.

Music can help toddlers develop their vocabulary

Even though at first your child may not understand the words in a song or in a nursery rhyme, they do develop their understanding by identifying the storytelling in a song.

10 reasons why music is important in a child’s life

  • Music increases a child’s attention span.

  • Music helps develop a child’s listening skills.

  • Music helps develop a child’s language and math skills.

  • Music stimulates the brain.

  • Music relieves stress.

  • Music encourages a physical response.

  • Music encourages an emotional response.

  • Music makes transitions easier.

  • Music is fun.

  • Music is for life.

Exploring musical instruments helps the children to

  • Develop fine-motor, gross motor skills , eye-hand coordination and auditory acuity.

  • Instrument exploration fosters creativity and problem solving as well as turn taking and listening skills.

  • Instrument Play-Along encourage experimentation with sounds and rhythms.

  • Practice steady beat and play a rhythm pattern on an instrument.