Looking for a way to trigger your child’s brain development? Try music. Musical experiences in childhood can help accelerate brain development, especially in areas of reading and language acquisition.
Music and Language Development
The brain tends to process language and music in similar ways, and music training tends to develop myriad language-related skills, including but not limited to vocabulary building and phenome processing. Following a 2016 study by the Brain and Creativity Institute of Southern California, it was determined that music training aids in developing the brain in the areas of reading skills and language acquisition. As a parent, nanny, or teacher, you may be aware that nothing equals the difficulty that comes with teaching a child to utter the first words. Saying ‘papa, eat’ may be rocket science for toddlers. But with the right music exposure, the baby will definitely say these and many other words without struggling. Young children will find it easy to learn sounds and the meaning of words and self-expression.
Music Improves Math Skills
Music can also boost math skills in an array of ways. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, popularly known as the NAMM Foundation, learning to play musical instruments at a younger age can improve mathematical learning, and increase SAT scores. Singing, dancing, and playing instruments, ignite motor skills, intellectual and social-emotional skills.
Effect of Music on Memory
Did you know that music boosts memory skills in both children and adults? Teach kids any song, and they’ll remember it for years. Infants tend to recognize the melody of a song long before they can actually understand the words. Play loud music, and the child will get overstimulated to a point they’ll jump up and down, nod their heads, and make moves you’ve not seen before. Make up some lines about eating, bathing, and dressing. The baby will do as you say.