The impact of music on a child’s development

Music reduces stress, relieves fear, adds energy and improves memory. Music makes people smarter.

 Jeanette Vos, The Music Revolution

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Surrounding yourself with music in the first years of life has a huge impact on your child’s development and future. Numerous studies indicate that musical education positively translates into the way of thinking and the state of health of the toddler.

Some parents use music therapy against their child still in the tummy. This is to relax the muscles and improve immunity. Recommended works include Mozart’s musical compositions (especially “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” ), Bach’s and Christmas carols. However, the popular statement that listening to Mozart (the so-called Mozart effect) increases the level of IQ has no scientific basis. It is necessary to be skeptical of such statements, because they are often a marketing trap applied to parents who want to give their child everything that is best. Yes, there have been numerous studies that have confirmed the improvement of mental productivity after listening to Mozart’s music, but these are short-term results.

Unisono Carols Concert 2020

In order to actually have positive changes in the brain and the whole body through music, you need not only to listen to it, but to practice it by singing, playing musical instruments or by dancing. Playing an instrument requires not only knowing about it, but also it is important to correctly set the posture of the body and knowledge of the theory of music. Below we list only a part of the positive changes in the body caused by music.

  • causes positive changes in the structure and functioning of the brain
  • helps to cope with stress and apathy
  • normalizes heart rate, pressure and relieves pain
  • develops communication skills
  • music creation increases the activity of mirror neurons
  • improves memory
  • has an anti-epileptic action
  • shapes the divisiability of attention
  • develops self-reliance of thought and cognitive competence
  • relieves sensory, cognitive and motor deficits
  • improves grammar skills
  • helps develop reading skills
  • strengthens coordination
  • develops the circulatory and respiratory system
  • normalizes muscle tone

Introducing a child to the beautiful world of music brings many benefits to his interpersonal relationships and gradually shapes taste. Creating common memories related to this unique world also positively translates into a bond between parents and children.

Bibliography
The Influence of Music on the Development of Children – Christopher Chau & Theresa Riforgiate