Researchers have established a connection between early childhood music experiences and the development of foundational mathematical skills and thought processes. New findings indicate that counting while moving or playing music can help a child better internalize early math concepts, and other studies show that listening to and making music develop and strengthen the very same neural pathways that are used for completing complex spatial reasoning tasks.
Kindermusik classes offer children numerous opportunities to develop early math proficiency. When children learn songs, rhymes, and rhythms, they’re building prediction and pattern-finding skills. When they participate in dance and movement activities—and learn where they are in relation to objects in their environment—they’re building spatial awareness. And when they tap 1-2-3 on the drum, count steps in a circle dance, and sing songs that incorporate numbers, they’re learning about one-to-one correspondence and counting.