I love taking my kids to Kindermusik classes. They have so much fun participating in the activities and singing the songs. Not only do they love it, but their development benefits from the music education. They don’t even know they are working on reading, math, social/emotional, motor, and listening skills. According to the Kindermusik website,
“Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.
When young children are consistently engaged by music in an age-appropriate, socially accepting environment, they benefit at many levels:
- They gain the phonological processing, spoken language, and comprehension skills that are the foundation of reading.
- They build the spatial-temporal and reasoning skills required for math, science, and engineering.
- They develop social and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness—like the ability to regulate their responses and relate to others in complex ways.
By moving and dancing to music and playing simple instruments, children improve their gross and fine motor skills. Activities that encourage freedom within a fun and friendly structure spark their creativity.”
I’ve watched my kids grow to love a variety of music, dance, and instrument play that has carried over from class to home. We play different types of music and dance around the house. We play instruments, make our own music, and make up our own songs. Parker has become quite the singer and Brandon is learning to get his groove on. Music and music education has become an important part of our lives.