by: Claire Haas, Vice President of Education, Kiddie Academy
As parents, we know the power of music. We sing to our children to make them smile, to help them go to sleep, and to get them to clean up their toys. But, the impact music has on cognitive and social development in young children is staggering.
Several studies by the American Association for the Advancement of Science based at Brown University explored the effects of music education on young children’s learning. The conclusions of these studies support the theory that music instruction can help build intellectual and emotional skills, facilitate children’s learning and strengthen other academic areas, such as reading and math.
At Kiddie Academy educational childcare centers across the U.S., music is used not only as a successful transition and cross-over activity, but also as a vehicle to promoting school-readiness skills like literacy and listening acuity in preschool age children.
In fact, we see the power of introducing music to children every day, in hundreds of classrooms across the country. Music, especially when paired with movement, can improve a child’s gross motor skills and improve her listening skills. In addition, music can play a strong role in boosting a child’s social skills and can also help to teach diversity. Kiddie Academy teachers utilize a wide range of music styles in our classrooms, from classical to jazz, often giving children their first introduction to a new music style they may love.
Here are a few ideas for adding more music to your child’s daily routine:
- · Visit your local library and borrow a selection of music CDs from artists or genres you’ve never experienced. Listen to them with your child and discuss what you like or don’t like about each.
- · Choose music over television whenever you can. We often use TV as “background” during other activities. Switch to music instead.
- · Make music a habit in your home. If you have an iPod, place a docking station with speakers in your family room or kitchen. Turn on music while preparing meals, doing dishes or sweeping. Allow family members to create their own playlists.
- · Play classical or other soothing music in your child’s bedroom at naptime and bedtime.
Kiddie Academy recently announced a new partnership with Kindermusik, a leading provider of early childhood music programs, to offer the Kiddie Academy Music & More program. Beginning in early 2013, many of our academies will add the music enrichment program to their education-based curriculum.
To learn more about Kiddie Academy, including our new music instruction programs, please visit our website at www.kiddieacademy.com.
Claire Haas is a mom of two who also serves as Vice President of Education for Kiddie Academy, a national network of education-based childcare learning centers.