Get Up and Move to Music....What a great way to start the new year!
Early exposure to music increases children's brain development. Research shows that music helps build children's self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Early music instruction produces cognitive benefits in the area of spatial-temporal reasoning.
Studies have shown that young children who have developed rhythm skills perform better academically in their early school years. Children who take music lessons have better verbal memory skills than others and may find it easier to learn in school.
Children seem to be naturally drawn to music right from the start. Fostering this inborn love of music can begin as early as infancy. Parental involvement is an important factor in early music training and can greatly improve the experience.
Early childhood music programs such as Kindermusik focus on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. Early musical experiences can help children develop their singing voice, build steady beat competency, develop listening skills, and give expression to their feelings. These valuable skills will benefit children when they begin formal music lessons.
So when should children begin piano lessons?
Around the ages of 7 or 8 years children typically begin piano lessons. By this age children are more ready to sit still and concentrate and their hands are big enough to reach the keys. By age 8 children usually have developed the ability to do abstract reasoning which is needed for staff note reading.
Children will learn much more than just music in playing the piano. They will achieve valuable skills such as self-discipline, mental concentration, a sense of timing, the ability to hold up under stress, memory skills and many others that will benefit them throughout their lives. Give your child the gift that last a lifetime...Music!
Article submitted by:
Denise Revo - Kindermusik
Lee's Summit, MO
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