“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” –Shinichi Suzuki

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How Music Classes Prepare Your Child for School

Music classes in the early years that include a parent and focus on learning in a fun way inspire a lifelong love for learning!

  1. Practice with steady beat (like moving with the drum activity), enjoying movement activities, and playing instruments help develop coordination and motor skills necessary for cutting with scissors, holding a pencil, or kicking a ball, for example.
  2. Music classes that are teaching children rhymes, reading books and singing songs pave the way to literacy.
  3. Music classes give your child a place to practice those all-important social skills, like cooperatively play, sharing, and following directions.
  4. Music classes will encourage your child to think creatively, developing critical thinking skills and the ability to problem-solve.
  5. In an environment where process, not performance, is stressed, music classes build self-confidence and a willingness to try new things.
  6. Music classes gradually increase a child’s independence and help the child more successfully transition to the school classroom.
  7. Music classes is an opportunity to bond and interact with their teacher, learning to listen and respond to someone other than the adults who surround them at home.
  8. Science and research have proven time and time again that music positively impacts a child in all areas of development – social/emotional, language, cognitive, physical, and language/literacy.
  9. The window of opportunity is wide open in the early childhood years and is possibly the most important period of neurological development in each and every individual. A child’s brain is open and receptive to learn and should be given the best opportunities for its development.
  10. Researches show that early musical training can produce long-lasting changes in behaviour and on brain development. So, as soon as you can get out of the house is the best time to start! Most babies are born ready to hear and process music and to learn through it. They are biologically hard wired to engage and interact musically with you. By starting young, we are capitalising on a period of brain development when your baby, toddler and preschooler is soaking up all the information and sounds around them.

Read the original article here: https://www.kindermusik.com/mindsonmusic/benefits-of-music/how-music-classes-prepare-your-child-for-school/

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