Music provides and helps to enhance the academic, social, emotional and physical needs for the children in the classrooms. With music, the child’s self-expressions are brought out as the child reacts to music when a song has a strong emotional impact. In turn, children express themselves by attempting to sing, sway their bodies, dance, or clap. Almost all preschool children love music to varying degrees, some naturally start to dance when they hear it. Others enjoy clapping along in a group with sing song games. And many enjoy singing to themselves or with others. This love for music is natural, and it’s something that’s great for the child. You see, music becomes an excellent medium for group experiences and music allows interactions to be acceptable, successful, healthy, joyful and non-threatening.
First and foremost, a child who is encouraged to enjoy music during the preschool years is a child who is likely to have a well-developed sense of creativity. At a more physiological level, music can actually help to forge pathways in the brain that are important to the preschooler’s development. By improving the links between neural pathways, music actually helps the child learn all kinds of different things that you might not at first associate with music.
Of this research that which is most supported is the idea that music in preschool can assist children in developing improved spatial-temporal reasoning. This refers to the type of reasoning that allows you to look at a two-dimensional picture and manipulate it in your mind. It forms the foundation for logical thinking.
Musical children will also be better able to control their bodies as they grow up.
And finally, despite all of these great things that are happening to children as they enjoy music in preschool, they really do just simply love it. For children, music is fun!
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