There are so many benefits from being a part of our Kindermusik family in our classes here at PCS, and we love highlighting these benefits from time to time. What looks like smiles and fun is really having significant impact in every area of your child’s development – not just musically. Here are five of our favorite benefits that the powerful combination of music and movement give to your child in class and at home. (P.S., for more information about these benefits and others, check out all this comprehensive list of Kindermusik Benefits.)
Steady beat is the most basic property of music-the underlying, repeating, pulse you connect with when you clap or tap your toes along to the music. The ability to keep a steady beat helps your children walk with a steady gait, run, pedal a bike, dribble a basketball, and even use scissors and write smoothly. Being able to keep a steady beat also correlates to early math abilities, such as pattern recognition. And for our sports fans out there, steady beat is essential to skill and coordination on the ball field!
Language and Literacy
The ability then to move to a steady beat is closely connected to early language and literacy skills. Our brain processes music in a similar way to how it processes language. Children with more musical training actually show increased neural responses to speech sounds in comparison to children with less musical training. Whenever your child moves to the beat, whether in a circle dance in the classroom or a march around the house, know that you are supporting your child’s language development with every hop, step, and bounce.
Listening differs from hearing in that it’s an intentional act. While we are surrounded by sounds in our everyday life, we choose whether or not to listen to the sounds we hear. Our Kindermusik listening activities are brief and focus on one sound at a time, providing children with the opportunity to practice the skills of attention and engaged listening. Encouraging them to imitate the sound, as well as engaging them in an age-appropriate discussion following the listening experience, increases comprehension, and enhances that invaluable skill of not just hearing, but listening.
Labeling and Learning
Moving with a prop such as a scarf offers concrete opportunities for understanding and labeling musical and spatial concepts such as high/low, over/under, or on/off- not to mention above/below, inside, and through! Another profound benefit of moving with a prop is that it engages multiple senses at the same time. For example, during scarf play, a child will hold a scarf (touch), hear music (sound), move in different ways (proprioception), and visually track the movements of the scarf (sight).
Think of the vestibular system like an internal GPS. The vestibular system, which controls balance and coordination, is stimulated during movement. Once stimulated, the vestibular system wakes up the brain and helps it take in new information. By moving to music, your child’s brain is alert and even more open to learning.
Here in our Kindermusik classes at Piano Central Studios, we love sharing Benefit Statements like these during every class so that parents can really see the distinctly delightful, but powerful, connection between music and movement. We’re more than just a weekly class… and we’re more than just music! Our Kindermusik classes not only fill your child’s heart with happy songs and sweet memories, but they also give your child that extra boost, that special advantage which only early childhood music classes can give.