Music education for young children is offered through different private classes and musical organizations or integrated into private and public schools. Activities and classes can start as early as prenatally. Mostly the musical programs are integrated as early as preschool. Early childhood music education is accomplished through parents or teachers guided interactive play. But there are some major facts about music education for young children that may not be ignore. These facts are discussed below:
- Grip on language: Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and need more advance reading skills than their peers who don not participate in musical lessons. And those children who have learning disabilities and tend to lose focus with more noises could benefit greatly from music lessons.
- Shrinking budgets: no doubt, music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from school budgets even though they are proven to improve academic record.
- Team work and discipline: children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies and they work better in teams. They enhanced critical thinking skills, follow a discipline life, stay in their schools and pursue further education. On the other hand. Secondary students who participated in musical groups at school reported the lowest lifetime and currents use of all substances.
- Effects on school attendance: it is observed that schools with musical education have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate as compare to schools without musical education have an estimated 72.9% graduation rate and 84.9% attendance. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, children of 3rd grades who participated in high quality musical programs, they score higher on reading and spelling tests. So it is clear that musical programs enhance the performance and interest of children.
Music engages brain: a study shows that music engages the areas of brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating different events in our memory. Many technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of your language components. Children who take music lessons show some different brain development and improved memory over course of a year as compare to those children who do not receive musical training. Researchers found that brain of a musician even a young one, works differently as compare to a non-musician. Children involve in music have larger growth of neural activity than other children who are not in forte music training. A causal link between music and spatial intelligence, can help children to visualize various elements that should go together, like they would do when solving a math problem or a chemical experiment. These all skills come into play in solving multistep problems as one would encounter in architecture, engineering, math, fine art, gaming and especially working with computers. To sum up, music education can help your child to improve language and skills as well as develop his/her brain and memory.