22 Feb March is “Music in Our Schools Month”- Does Music Help Your Child’s Development?
Did you know that March is officially Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)? This month was formally designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). During this time of year, schools around the country work to focus more on music education so that kids can experience the unique benefits that music can bring their lives.
Many schools have cut their music programs, but this effort is working to bring music education back into the lives of children.
During this month, kids can learn more about music, even if they have never taken a music class before—opening up all-new avenues for learning and exploration that little ones can enjoy. Music can help kids have fun, make new friends, and express themselves creatively. But can music also help your child’s development?
You may be surprised to find there is a great deal of evidence on what music education can do for children.
Scientific research has shown that regular musical training can change brain structure and function for the better. Tests on those who practice music regularly found that they have better long-term memory. For kids who start music at a young age, they can enjoy better brain development as they grow up as well. Kids who practice music are also shown to be more mentally alert, which is something that any child can benefit from, especially when they spend all day in school.
Most notable in the research on music and brain development came from a study published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. This study from the Brain and Creative Institute at USC found that kids who study music actually have a faster developing auditory pathway in the brain—and a more efficient one as well.
This auditory pathway connects what we hear with what our brain can process as sound. This can come in great use for any child as they grow and develop and further their education. It is also why many kids who play instruments are better auditory learners than those who don’t.
Learning to read music also challenges the visual connections in the brain and encourages children to use different ways of thinking that they may not have used normally. Reading music can also help children with their actual language reading skills. Plus, as many parents know, extracurriculars are great for children developing social skills, a sense of responsibility, and accountability.
There are so many great benefits of music education that children can be exploring not only during March but all year long!
Here at Continuum Pediatrics, we are always happy to help parents learn more about different ways they can encourage healthy development in their children. If you have questions about different ways you can promote healthy growth, or have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, make an appointment with Continuum Pediatrics by calling us at 817-617-8600 today.