Music and Your Preschooler

Music has been an intrinsic part of many cultures for centuries. It comes as no surprise that studies have proven music affects people in surprising ways. Younger children benefit from music too. Music is more than just a background in the life of a preschooler. It plays a pivotal role in developing various skills in young children. It is a fun way to learn and is easy to introduce to children. So how can parents expose preschoolers to music and how does it benefit the children?

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Music in Games

Most children’s games have background music that is catchy and appropriate for preschoolers. There are also free preschool games that are music-centric like The Music House that allows children to play the online version of different music instruments. Musical Chairs is another game that is ideal when you have a group of children.

Play Instruments

There are many musical instruments available in the market that are specifically designed for young children. They don’t require any special training, and children will learn by observing the kind of music that is produced. It is more about play than technique, which allows young children to experiment. Some of the musical instruments that are ideal for preschoolers are glockenspiel, shakers, bongos and maracas. If children show an inclination toward music, formal music lessons are ideal.

Learning PianoLearning Piano” by Oliver Quinlan is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Sing & Dance

Fingerplay and songs that require children to move like ‘If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands’ and ‘Old MacDonald’ help improve motor skills. Another way for kids to tune into music is by dancing to mixed music. They will discover different sounds and rhythms as they instinctively move their body. Old folk songs are great to sing along and singing along can help improve language skills. Children will also learn to listen and pronounce words. It is easier for children to memorize facts that are set to music.

Kid DancingKid Dancing” by Yi Chen is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Benefits of Music

Some of the benefits of music that contribute to a child’s development are:

  • Better coordination and motor skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Improves ability to concentrate
  • Understand the emotions music elicits
  • Develops language skills and phonetic awarenes

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By understanding the power of music and its effects on your preschooler, you will be able to utilize it to benefit them in the best way possible.

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