Music has a great impact on the learning process. In addition to creating a better classroom environment, what are the benefits of music in children’s education? We take the occasion of Music Day to tell you about them.
Music and education have always been connected. Music is studied as a subject in both Elementary School and Middle School. Depending on the stages, it is learned and practiced in different ways.
From an early age, students are taught onomatopoeic sounds as early stimulation, to read musical notes, identify animal sounds, and to sing songs.
Music has a great impact on children’s development and learning. This is why it is no longer considered just another subject. In addition, it is also applied as a teaching method that creates a different atmosphere among students. In this way, the student’s comprehension of information and their ability to memorize is increased.
Music has certain effects:
1. It strengthens memory, learning, concentration and creativity.
2. It helps people with dyslexia problems.
3. It reduces stress, calms anxiety and controls insomnia.
4. It helps with some neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
5. It generates memories.
6. It Increases the ability to learn a new language.
Music is a very important aspect of child development. In addition, it can be worked on through multiple activities and from different approaches.
Through psychomotor skills, the little ones begin to work with some musical instruments, encouraging percussion or wind sounds and differentiating different intensities.
Play is the main basis for early learning in music. For example, the youngest children can dance or perform different movements following the sound and rhythms of the music. Another good example of musical play in Elementary School is to tell a story in which the sounds of maracas, tambourines or triangles are part of the story and form the sounds of rain, bells…
Music especially affects the stimulation of the left hemisphere of the brain. It is in charge of everything related to logic, communication skills, language and numbers.
Among the benefits of incorporating music into education are:
1. Allowing students to achieve concentration and not be easily distracted.
2. Increasing confidence levels, improving self-esteem and security.
3. Developing motor, rhythmic and body expression skills. By listening to music, children achieve better coordination of movements, follow rhythms and try to imitate them.
4. Students become more social and interact with each other more easily.
5. Improving their communication skills.
6. Increasing creativity.
7. Developing language and reasoning more easily.
8. Exercising the memory.
Dance goes hand in hand with music in education. It is an innate aspect in children. Since they are babies, children move to express their feelings. As they grow up and move consciously, those movements become dance. It is a basic form of expression and a universal language.
There are many contributions of dance and not only on a physical level, but also on an emotional and social level.
On the one hand, physical development is one of the great benefits. Dancing at an early age allows children to develop their bodies, improve coordination, balance and reflexes. When dancing, children develop physical strength and endurance, correct their body posture and gain elasticity. In addition to developing body expression, they also develop hearing, memory and emotional maturity. Dance promotes psychological health since, through movement, children enjoy expressing their emotions.
On the other hand, it is a much-needed release of energy, especially for younger students.
Dance can also be considered a way of communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings in a non-verbal way.
Dance teaches discipline, both physical and mental, which helps the development of children’s personalities.
At Casvi International American School, children begin to relate to and learn the benefits of music at a very early age. Through repetition and imitation, they learn and sing pieces that foster and perfect their language.
In Elementary School, students explore their environment through dance, body expression and percussion, and their voice. They begin to try sound with some musical instruments in a playful way.
In the upper stages, students continue to analyze and understand everything they have discovered through musical language and more theoretical aspects related to the subject.
Besides, our center has extracurricular musical activities such as piano and guitar lessons.