Early music lessons aid cognitive development and life skills
Music inspires movement. Young children never sit still. It stands to reason that music and children are a natural fit for energy expulsion and laughter.
As the hot and humid summer months slide by, informal music classes for the young child can provide the creative outlets littles need to play and practice developing motor and cognitive skills.
Even for the parents with no musical inclination, Wendy Valerio of the University of South Carolina School of Music says, “Parents do not need formalized music experience prior to participating. (They) should simply bring a positive attitude.”
Local mom Jennifer Lowry, who admits to having had “a very active boy with a short attention span,” said her reasons for enrolling him were “to channel his activeness and listen to instructions.” Both of which are goals that he has reached and has gone on to not just look forward to the movement and laughter, but appreciate the variety of music as well.
The goal of an informal music class is to create an atmosphere where parents and children together can bond and enjoy each other, not create a musical prodigy, teachers say.
Theresa Case, director at Piano Central Studios, emphasizes that classes are “together time, a way to enjoy and revel in those precious fleeting years.”
She also said a class such as Kindermusik is musical preschool that can assist children in the development of cognitive and life skills, especially those that aren’t quite ready for the traditional avenues of learning. She encourages parents who aren’t sure to try out a class where they can sing and dance and play with their child in an out of the heat, cool environment where everybody laughs and has fun.
Music classes aren’t just to teach children how to play an instrument, though they are exposed to a variety of unique sound makers.
“They will also learn how to engage with other children, share, take turns” said Valerio. “Through such exposure, children may learn the breathing and body coordination.” All of which are skills that have far reaching applications.
Sports stars and scholars alike can benefit from music classes before age 5. Little preschool soccer stars and new summer swimmers will have more places to practice physical stamina. Learning the fine motor skills of fine finger movement translates to career mastery during later years.
Lowry’s son, who by her own words is more technical minded and likely not become a professional musician, says, “There is a lot more learned than just music, a child can cultivate self-discipline and imagination.”
Whether the goal is to provide an environment where children practice cognitive learning skills or physical motor skills or simply give a sense of schedule during the long summer months, music class are dynamic places to bond with young children.
And maybe they will use up all that energy take a nap before dinner.