What is Music in Education?
WHAT IS MUSIC?
Music is known to be our universal language. As a word, it gives meaning and purpose such as, communication. The word music brings structure and life into the audible world.
Music for kids can improve their social skills and can give a great impact to all areas of their development.
THE ADVANTAGES OF MUSIC TO CHILDREN
Learning music in the early age is a good choice. Specifically playing musical instrument is very beneficial to children. Here are some reasons why your child should pick up a musical instrument:
1. It will improve their memory.
2. It will boost their brain power.
3. It builds confidence.
4. It teaches patience.
5. It is a constant learning.
6. It teaches discipline.
7. It cultivates creativity.
HOW OLD SHOULD LEARN MUSIC LESSONS?
When your child is ready and willing to explore how different instruments sounds, and learned to appreciate music, piano is a good instrument to start with, as the finger movements are less easy than other instruments. How can you tell if your child is ready for music lessons? According to some music specialist the child is ready if:
1. If your child knows the difference between his/her right and left hands.
2. If your child knows how to count to ten.
3. If your child can know and recognize the letters from A through G.
4. If your child can do fine motor coordination such as: wiggling his/her fingers independently, hold and manipulate a pencil easily.
5. If he/she can able to focus for the length of 30 minutes or more and follows direction.
WHY SHOULD LEARN EARLY IN MUSIC LESSONS?
Exposing children to music in early age will ignite their intellectual, social, emotional, motor, and language skills. It helps the body and the mind work together. Playing a musical instrument in their early age will help them become smarter.
HOW CAN I DEVELOP AWARENESS OF MY CHILD’S CUES IN MUSIC?
Early interaction with music greatly affects the quality of your child’s life. Both, the music teacher and the parents is responsible for guiding the musical experiences of the young child. They should:
1. Love and respect the child’s choice of instrument.
2. Interact with child and music in a playful manner.
3. be sensitive and flexible when the child’s interests are diverted from an original plan.
4. Encourage the child in reaching daily musical goal.
5. Transform practicing into a rewarding activity.