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The Impact of Music on Children

The Impact of Music on Children

Posted by the Music Guru

I recently got in touch with several past pupils of mine, who are now in their thirties. I taught them at primary school and asked them for their musical memories, to see if their reflections linked to any specific areas of development.

Here’s what one of them said…

“I remember playing Joseph in an adapted Christmas nativity. I’m pretty sure you composed the songs for that musical yourself – including my solo, which as I’m writing this, I’m realising I still know every word and note to that solo almost 30 years later! It was great to be a part of something like that.

We also did a summer musical which I think was the next year – Hans Christian Anderson which I have lots of fond memories of. I remember the whole school singing in assemblies and I remember being part of the choir and singing in front of lots of parents. Reflecting on those times and being a teacher now myself, I’ve realised how passionate and enthusiastic you were about music and that, as a young child, how infectious that passion was. And having young children myself, I now know how important it is that they’re exposed to teachers that love what they do.

I really enjoyed my time at school and I’m realising that music was a big part of it, so thank you!”

This quote, along with others cited throughout this piece, helped me formulate from an authentic viewpoint some ideas about the powerful impact music can have on our children and young people.

Social Development

Music provides opportunities for collaboration and social interaction. Singing in a choir or playing as part of an orchestra requires cooperation and communication among group members. Shared musical experiences, such as attending concerts or taking part in musical productions, can strengthen social bonds and promote empathy and understanding.

Creativity and Self-Expression

Music encourages creativity and self-expression. Whether composing their own songs, improvising on an instrument, or interpreting a piece of music through dance, it is important that children have opportunities to express themselves artistically. This expression, in itself, is enjoyable and promotes wellbeing.

“In music, we got to have fun, act like crazy kids but learnt so much at the same time.”

Cognitive Development

Music engages multiple areas of the brain, including those responsible for memory, attention, and spatial reasoning. Learning to play an instrument, read music, or participate in musical activities can enhance cognitive skills.

Exposure to music at a young age has been linked to improved academic performance, particularly in subjects like mathematics and language.

“One thing I always remember is the way you always made us feel. We’d be singing and clapping and you would have a huge smile. Often we forget words that are said, but you never forget the way someone makes you feel. My daughter would love a teacher like you!”

Emotional Development

Music can evoke a wide range of emotions and help children learn to identify and express their feelings. Listening to and creating music can serve as a form of emotional regulation.

Participating in group musical activities like singing in a choir or playing in an ensemble fosters a sense of belonging and teamwork, contributing to emotional well-being and overall enjoyment.

It’s clear that the impact of music on children is profound and multifaceted, influencing their cognitive, emotional, social, and creative development in a myriad of ways.

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