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The Importance of Music in Child Development

Updated on February 24, 2015

How Important Is Music In Our Lives?

Music as means of communication is ancient and universal and as art is multidimensional. It consists of rich and varied elements and is separated into an immense collection of specialties. Music, itself, can’t be approached through speech, can’t be specific, can’t be translated but can be the most abstract and noble of all the arts. Songs and singing has been at the top of the social, spiritual and emotional configuration of man. It is like music is the universe and the songs and musical instruments are the planets in the universe. This article is just a brief tour of what’s out there.

The musical sound, melody, rhythm, harmony, tradition, creation, execution, human voice, musical instruments, manufacturers, teachers, performers, composers are just a few of the elements that constitute the function and purpose of music. Music, the “child” of sound and imagination, accompanies people to the joys and sorrows of life, like love, loss, birth, death, peace and even war.

Music and Children

Music in children’s life is a hope for the future, an investment to the upgrade of human life. It is also the best way to trust the history of music together with all the traditions to the hands of our children. The energy of a child playing an instrument or singing is a pedagogical experience that is truly beneficial to his wellbeing!

The first contact of a child with music should be as gentle and tender as their mother’s first touch. Nurturing this love for music is a journey that every child will cherish forever.

The importance of music in the education of a child is great. We all know how music affects our mood and influence our emotional world, especially when we are talking about children. Music, through the expression of our positive and negative emotions, contributes to the development of a balanced personality.

What is our Goal?

In the musical education of a child, the main goal is not to make new musicians but to multiply the number of people that can find beneficial the relationship to music.

Our goal should be the pleasure and excitement children get from music, the sensitivity that is created and the discipline to participate in different musical activities, in order for us to help them grow into happy and complete citizens.

What are the Benefits?

Through the opportunities of group work that music offers, the child undoubtedly will meet success, which will give him/her confidence. Especially when a child is emotionally troubled or might be with special educational needs, music can be the step to become confident in becoming free from any restraints and show their true potential.

In music, the satisfaction of success is double. The child can experience success as an individual or a member of a group, and that can form his/her character and become a better learner and later on, leader.

Be social is a skill that can be learned through musical activities, like movement, singing or learning an instrument. In addition, a child can learn discipline, self control and develop a skill that is useful in many areas of life.

Above all, music can offer every child the true joy and happiness. For example, the joy of listening to or creating a happy melody and the result of a creative process can be life changing for many children. The great thing is that this happiness and joy will be shared with people that a child cares for and pass the love for music to friends and family.

Plato said: ‘Education in music is an urgent need because more than anything in the world rhythm and harmony affect the innermost part of ourselves, and each of us should know how to curb. "

A final thought...

Music enhances our creativity and imagination and parents need to think twice when they tell their children that ‘you don’t need to learn how to play the piano’ or ‘musicians don’t make money’. Music feeds the soul and that is what parents should want their children to do.

Growing back into Music (by Lizzy Lizzards)

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      Thanks sd :)

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      I completely agree!! My daughter is singing all day long and she actually improvises most of it! Then again, I do the same and so we make the best duet ever:) Children can feel the rhythm and the melody in almost everything, even our voice. Thank you LongTimeMother for stopping by!

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I love hearing little children singing in public places like the supermarket or the bus stop or just walking down the street. I always hope they'll never be discouraged and will always find comfort and entertainment in music. :)

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      DemiT 5 years ago from Greece

      Billybuc, my husband is a musician and our daughter at 2 1/2 yrs of age she loves it and she can recognize the different sounds instruments make, how you play them and of course loves to sing and dance to any rhythm. I am glad you appreciate music, as sometimes it can be labelled by people as something you do as a hobby! Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I completely agree my friend. I was raised with music; there was always singing in our household, and it has served me well all of my life.