In a Kindermusik Family Time class, we start each class by singing: “We’re a musical family so clap along and sing with me…” We ARE a musical family and we think every family should be a musical family, too! We believe that because of the way that music impacts children in profound ways, for now and for life, but it’s also because music can be a go-to parenting tool throughout the day.
And by the way, creating a musical home doesn’t mean both parents have won Grammys, received a diploma from Julliard, or even know any of the top Broadway tunes. It simply means listening to music, appreciating and enjoying music, and actively engaging in musical activities throughout the day.
10 reasons why we think music belongs in every child’s home
1. Children naturally and instinctively express thoughts and feelings through movement and music.
Watch your baby’s eyes light up as you dance and sing “Skinnamarink” to her. Or listen in on your child’s play time… chances are you might catch your little one singing or humming to themselves. For some entertainment, see what happens when you start playing some of your child’s favorite music. There will almost always be some kind of response!
2. Music provides children a method of communication long before they can speak.
This is an amazing video of a 3-month-old baby “singing” back to her mom. Wait for it… this little one really gets going once she gets warmed up!
And it’s not just because you’re singing your favorite song. The act of singing actually releases “feel good” hormones in the brain. Singing also makes us feel good because it is usually a social activity – singing with family, singing with friends in a Kindermusik class, or even singing in a chorus or choir.
4. Music builds a child’s confidence.
Learning to sing, dance, and play instruments gives a child a confidence unlike any other activity. Perhaps it’s because music can be such personal self-expression or because making music with others feels so rewarding. Either way, children who have taken music classes are more confident as individuals and as learners.
5. It’s good for their brains.
From language skills to early literacy skills to math skills, music supports healthy cognitive development with a proven positive impact when compared to children with less music in their lives.
6. Listening to a wide variety of musical styles and genres teaches children about the world around them.
As a reflection of ourselves and of our culture, music all around the world is distinct and diverse. But it also tells a story… the story of our past, our present, and even of our future. Diversity in musical listening encourages children to be creative, open-minded, and inquisitive.
7. Music creates memories.
From quietly humming a lullaby to bouncing a child in time to the beat of a song to singing a certain tune at dinnertime to get a child to open up, music knits together those everyday family moments.
This morning routine repeats itself in bedrooms around the world—snuggling in bed and singing songs.
Exploring and playing all kinds of instruments – from shaking and tapping baby-safe bells to grasping the mallets to play the glockenspiel – develops those fine motor skills so crucial for writing, tying shoes, or playing the violin someday. And what better way to learn to walk, jump, skip, or gallop than with music that inspires you to move in just those ways!
9. Music can create connections between the generations.
Musical styles may change from generation to generation, but a love for music never changes. Music is still the one thing we can all share and have in common. Music gives a way to be together, sing together, dance together, and make memories together.
10. Best of all… music and music-making is fun!
We must never overlook the obvious need for children (and families) to actively engage in joyous activities together, and there’s nothing like music to bring families together, put a smile on their faces, and happiness in their hearts.