WHY MUSIC IS IMPORTANT
Music is important for so many different reasons and I know you’ll want to check out my ideas on music and movement in this blog post series on Creative Movement. There I share ideas on how to use movement with music and why it will help children at home and at school. And you’ll want to keep reading for FREE POSTERS!
Ev’rybody knows this stuff- right?
I have discovered that not even all TEACHERS know this stuff- I mean why music is important in child development. Yes, the get it in the sense they want their students to have it one time a week- but many teachers, parents and adults don’t understand how daily musical experiences can help your child even more because learning music and experiencing music requires auditory, motor, sensory, and visual systems to work. And that means they’re growing!
Here’s the basics-
MUSIC MAKES BRAIN CONNECTIONS
When they hear music they MOVE!
When they hear music they FEEL!
When they hear music they RESPOND!
Check out this Video with some great scientific evidence you might want to share with your students.
Sometimes as music educators, we have to share with our students WHY they need to participate positively in class-or why it’s more than a grade. This video is perfect for those upper elementary and middle school students. It will help them understand they way music makes brain connections and helps them be smarter in other areas.
MUSIC HELPS KIDS MAKE FRIENDS
Hey there friend!
Up the Ladder
Down Down Baby
MUSIC HELPS KIDS BE CREATIVE
AWARE OF OTHER
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MUSIC HELPS KIDS CONNECT TO FEELINGS
Music can change emotions. Music educators love to teach Peter and the Wolf and read musical stories, ask students to show how the music makes them feel in listening glyphs, and have their students experience a variety of activities that encourage students to connect the music with their feelings. Music helps tell stories. Imagine “Star Wars” without the opening theme! Imagine “Phantom of the Opera” without the organ music. Imagine any Disney song without their signature female vocalist. Music can validate feelings,c an change feelings and set the tone for a video or play presentation. Try using music in your home or in your classroom to “set the mood”. You may find that the children and students respond better than you think.
Listen to these concrete examples of music and how it’s explained by Hauke Egermann in this fascinating TED Talk.
HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR MUSIC EDUCATION
Since music education is important to child development, we -us-I need to advocate music education for children as much as I can. (Here’s a not so short list of ideas:)
Do we invite parents to our classrooms?
Do we extend ourselves to the other teachers at our school?
Do we seek out opportunities to share with the community?
How do you present your music programs?
How do you share your music curriculum?
How do you communicate with your parents?
What is the message you send home with your students about music education
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You’ve got some ideas now- RIGHT?
You can make a positive impact on spreading the message about why music education is important in child development. One of the notes I received this year from a parent was; “Thank you for making music fun for Jackson”. I have to say, that my goal as a teacher wasn’t necessarily to be remembered as the “fun” teacher- but I’m changing my mind about that too- Because “fun” is something that everyone remembers!
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO SHARE WHY MUSIC IS IMPORTANT IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT
I’m offering a challenge to you to set some goals on how you’ll advocate for music education and why it’s important in child development. Here’s Music education article that will help you figure out how to do a better job at advocating your program. ARTICLE ABOUT HOW TO CHANGE PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC ED
Seriously- Adults need music too!
MORE IDEAS on Why Music is Important:
Amazingly, there is more and more research proving why music is so important in child development.
This article; “The 18 Wonderful Ways Music Affects The Brain” says it all!
Furthermore, you can learn more about the benefits of music for babies and kids at Mom Loves Best.com This fantastic article shares all the reasons you want to get your children involved in music and why music educators play such an important roll in child development. I love the way the article starts with babies and moves all the way up through older children-
MORE ON WHY MUSIC IS IMPORTANT IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT
How to Teach Patriotic Music to Touch Hearts– You’ll find some great ideas about helping students connect feelings/emotions, music and culture.
Here’s some links to some ideas and resources you might want to check out that give some insight into the importance of Music Education and the direction of technology in our schools.
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