Benefits of Early Music Education - By Freya Dalgleish
We all know that music is ‘good’ for young children,
but have you ever really looked at how and why? The benefits of early
childhood group music classes are much more wide-ranging than you
might expect and are certainly not limited to being able to play a
maraca to the beat!
Music education programs for infants and toddlers have
been shown to develop cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and
pre-academic skills, as well as deepening and strengthening the
parent-child relationship and benefiting carers. Research into the
effect of music programs on developing minds has been ongoing for
decades, and new discoveries are being made all the time. The fields
of music psychology, neuromusicology, music education and music
therapy are only a few of the academic areas looking into how music
affects young children.