How music affects a child’s brain development

It is often said that a baby in the womb can recognise their parents’ voices when they get around to the third trimester, and in response to the familiar sound, the baby’s heart rate increases. And, although the sound is muffled for the unborn baby who is surrounded by amniotic fluid, they can hear enough to find comfort in knowing their parent’s voice once they’ve been delivered into the outside world. 

So it comes as no surprise that music can have an effect on a child’s brain development after birth. Whilst there isn’t any evidence to suggest that unborn babies listening to music improve their IQ, there is evidence that shows babies, children, teenagers and adults can feel comfort and focus from listening to music. 

So let’s take a look at how music activities for preschoolers can improve a child’s brain development in the early years. 

Music can soothe a child to sleep

If your child is having trouble sleeping, try putting on some soft classical music. Classical music is a great calming technique. Whether your child is lying in bed, sitting on your lap or being swayed in your arms, the music can slow their thoughts and feelings down, and help them to focus on these soothing background sounds.

Playing calming music at bedtime for your child is a great addition to their sleep routine, and needn’t only be saved for late-night tears. Having relaxing music playing at night in your child’s room will create a calm atmosphere that will encourage your child to drift off quicker, and is likely to reduce the number of sleepless nights. Not to mention, sleep promotes growth, helps fight infection, illness and stress, and plenty more!

Try playing a few of their favourite pieces. The more you reinforce this, the more it will feel like a session of music therapy that will help your child to focus on deeper breathing and the warmth of their bed.

Learning a musical instrument improves a preschooler’s memory

Once your child is over one year of age, it’s very likely that they will be interested in playing any instrument they can get their hands on. For ease of learning, they’re likely to enjoy playing the drums, maracas, recorder and similar instruments to these the most. Giving them the opportunity to interact with these instruments will help your child to gain a better understanding of music and how it is made. 

Children learn through doing, so there’s no better way to help with their brain development than letting them create their very own music. Don’t forget, they can also make music without instruments, so teach them how to clap, whistle, stamp feet, hum and sing. Together, you can make up your own song or routine, this will not only encourage your child to get active but will teach them skills that they didn’t know they were capable of. 

Encouraging your child to learn a musical instrument, sing or dance can develop their brain in multiple ways.

  • Music activities for preschoolers can improve your child’s motor skills and coordination

  • Music activities for preschoolers can improve your child’s memory

  • Music activities for preschoolers can encourage your child’s sensory development

  • Music activities for preschoolers can brighten your child’s mood and release endorphins

  • Music activities for preschoolers can burn calories, keeping your child fit and active

  • Music activities for preschoolers can strengthen your bond with your child

  • Music activities for preschoolers can help with your child’s vocabulary and speech

  • Music activities for preschoolers can become part of your child’s routine, which can prepare them nicely for preschool

  • Music activities for preschoolers can help your child make friends with the same interests

Early learning instruments good for preschools include:

  • Shakers
  • Rattles
  • Drums
  • Tambourines
  • Hand bells
  • Chime bars
  • Castanets
  • Flutes

Giving them these instruments will not only boost their creativity and love for music but will improve their coordination and memory too!

Music activities for preschoolers can help your child to socialise

Listening to music and having a shared love for a certain instrument or artist can bring people together.

Playing music to your child in the early years is a great way to introduce them to lots of different types of melodies and songs. It might be the case that a certain tune makes them get up, sing and clap, or sway and fall into a slumber. Either way, their response can help you to distinguish what makes them happy and express themselves and what makes them truly relaxed. 

Music has an effect on the brain that can promote the sorts of activities they’re about to do. If they’re having a birthday party with a couple of friends, to encourage them to socialise, you’ll want to play their favourite upbeat tunes to get them bopping or singing along with their friends. With the right music ready for the right occasion, children are more likely to retain the music they hear, memorise words and learn to love the gift of music. 

Get in touch with The London Preschool

At The London Preschool, we’re passionate about helping children grow and develop as best they can. This is why we listen and learn from your child’s needs and interests so that we can tailor each activity to aid their learning.

We have a dedicated team of qualified professionals who will ensure your children have the support they need whilst in our care. Whether you’re preparing for your child’s first day at preschool or trying to choose a suitable preschool for your child, feel free to browse through our blogs for advice and inspiration. We continually update this page to provide our parents with an abundance of information, should they require it.

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