Monday, February 27, 2012

Music and Your Toddler or Preschooler (ages 1-3)

Children learn by moving! Music bonds parent to child! And lessons can "increase brain power"! This article from talks about the benefits of music on children between the ages of 1 and 3. It mentions what types of music are especially beneficial,  and whether learning an instrument is beneficial.

How can listening to music benefit my child?

Toddlers and preschoolers have lots to gain from listening to music. It's fun, for one thing, and it also encourages movement, which is important for young children who are perfecting their motor skills. "Kids learn through movement," says Rosalie Pratt, a professor of music medicine at Brigham Young University. "When you see them at play, they're not talking, they're moving. This is how they pick things up."

Music helps you bond with your child, too. It'll move you to dance a jig or belt out a tune, much to the thrill of your little one. Imagine the joy you'll share swaying to the beat of a lovely melody (try Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"). Or how much fun he'll have jumping with you in an energetic musical number ("The Chicken Dance" will leave you rolling on the floor with laughter).
Sound Beginnings is research based! The classes include 30 minutes of movement, singing, games, stories, and real bonding opportunities to engage your child and bless his life.

Find more information on this great program here.
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