Though the research is not conclusive, nearly everyone has heard that music has many benefits for children. Recently, the authors at ChillDad.com posted an article about “How to Instill a Love of Music in Your Kids” which lists several creative ways to engage and bond with your child musically. One thing that the article stresses is that you do not have to be classically trained to encourage musical play! Just by showing your child that you enjoy and appreciate music and share it with them may be enough.
Whether music does or does not make your child smarter, as the below articles argue, it is definitely worth exploring and enjoying. At Mindy’s Little Sidekicks, I use music in a variety of different ways to engage children every week! We sing, dance, play with instruments, and listen to a several different genres of music.
For more information about the science behind music and the effect it has on children, please visit the links below:
- How to Instill a Love of Music in Your Kids, ChillDads.com
- Music and Intelligence: A Parent’s Evidence-Based Guide, ParentingScience.com
- Music and Success, The New York Times
- Muting the Mozart Effect, Harvard Gazette
What are your thoughts on music education and it’s effect on children? Do you have any personal experiences? Feel free to comment in the section below.