Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | October 6, 2010

The Value of Music Education

This is a guest post by Shelly Towns

Shelly Towns is a blogger, avid musician, and piano music enthusiast. She’s also a single mom of two wonderful children.

Childhood is a time for exploration and learning and children are prone to absorb from the world around them. Childhood sets the stage for foundations they will build on and utilize for their entire lives. There has been much debate about children’s learning being positively impacted by their exposure to music, including their time in the womb.  Expectant mothers run out to the local music store and buy CD’s of classical music to play for their yet to be born infant. The development that takes place in the womb becomes an extension to their learning in infancy and early childhood.

Parents who introduce music to their yet to be born child are more likely to be parents who set out to give their child every advantage they can imagine. They tend to be educated about child development and set forth to raise their children with a plan to fulfill their parental responsibilities under the influence of scholars and child development experts. These parents take parenting on as a calling. If their fetus is being introduced to classical music, their child will probably be reared in an environment of learning. The acceptance of external suggestions from researchers about the benefits of classical music to a child is called the Mozart Effect. It is suggested the exposure to classical music will set this child on course to accelerated learning, concentration, reading and concentration skills.

Music has always found a place in the lives of young children. Once used as a means to soothe a baby, now classical music is considered soothing as well as educational. From an early age, children are educated through song and music. From learning their ABC’s to remembering nursery rhymes, children seem to gravitate to music. In early education, preschoolers learn certain skills in conjunction to song to help children remember specific information and make it fun for the little people.

Music stimulates the brain and the body simultaneously. Studies show children have the tendency to learn when music is present. It allows them a creative venue to express themselves and encourages body movements as dance which is good for growing bodies. The Mozart Effect is thought to enhance several facets of a child’s learning including reading and comprehension.  Music introduces the understanding of patterns which is the foundation for reading and mathematical learning. With enhanced creativity and intellectual foundations, a child is more likely to succeed in academics though exposure to music.

As I sit at my computer and type on this subject of music and child development, I watch my six year old twins bop around my kitchen listening to their favorite music on their MP3 player. I was one of those new mothers who sat nightly with earphones strapped to her growing belly listening to Mozart, Chopin and Bach. As babies, we listened to the Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables CD’s over and over again. Now that they are in elementary school, we’ve added Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to our listening favorites but they still gravitate to music at every turn. They both would rather listen to music than watch television. They hear music on the radio and ask who the artist’s name. They ask for specific music to be added to our family IPOD and their personal MP3 players. Their love of music is a reflection of their exposure to music.

Exposing children to music positively influences many facets of their lives. They are more creative and more active. They learn patterning early on and this helps them learn math and reading in school. Musical interest sets the stage for a lifetime of loving music.  With the benefits believed to offer a child, as a parent, why wouldn’t you add classical music to your song lists and play them for your child?

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  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing.


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