Music encourages early brain development.
The early years of childhood is a period of rapid development. Researchers believe that the earlier a child is exposed to music, the more effectively his brain responds to stimulation.
In addition, music aptitude can and should be influenced in the younger years. Music training (through playing and listening to music) before the age of seven has significant effect on parts of the brain related to planning and motor skills.
?Kids can have fun finding rhythm and melody in everyday life - for instance the sound of a flowing stream can be very relaxing!
Making music part of your child's life
If your child studies music in school or goes to private lessons, make his musical experiences go beyond the scheduled music class time.
Encourage your child to listen to natural rhythms and music such as the beautiful harmony in the chirps of a little bird, the calming sound of a flowing stream and the percussion-like rhythm of a rainy day. Children, after all, learn more effectively through daily experiences and activities.
You can also make music fun at home by playing simple games with your kids. For instance, you can ask your child to imitate sounds he hears like the ring tone of your phone, the chime of the door bell, or even sounds that insects make.
Kids can also be exposed to a variety of music genres - it does not necessarily need to be only children’s songs. The key is to expose kids to some kind of music - be it classical, folk, contemporary, or even jazz.