Whether it is dancing around the living room on a rainy day or singing along to radio, school-aged children love to listening to, and participating in, music. They are many good reasons why you should encourage this enthusiasm.
Research has shown that children who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly) benefit in many ways. They appear to do better in reading and are more likely to do better in maths and science because music helps build reasoning skills and cognitive development. One study demonstrated that students who were given keyboard training while also using maths software scored higher on maths and fractions tests than students who used the software alone. There is even evidence that children who are involved in music are more likely to go to college.
But don’t let the research cloud perhaps the best reason to encourage a love of music. It’s just plain fun. There are few things that children (and many adults) enjoy more than singing, dancing and listening to music.
Listening to a wide variety of music improves a child’s ability to analyze and comprehend it. The early years of primary education are the perfect time to expose your child to everything from classical music to pop. Most very young children are open to experiencing a wide range of musical styles; at eight years old children start to prefer popular music. Studies has also shown that children aged nine and above prefer music with a faster tempo – so get ready to rock and roll if your child is approaching that age.