When it comes to the development of children, both music and dance are very important to the future abilities and attitudes they will develop towards music. Kids need to have experiences that are active in music so they experience and participate in music in order to further healthy development. Allowing children to have these experiences in an atmosphere that is relaxed along with their family is the best way to encourage this type of development.
Both dance and music are things that go beyond language and culture. Children naturally love music and dance, and parents should continue to encourage them musically by getting them involved with experiences that include the arts. Many different activities can be used, from using toys that are music, listening to music, singing, dancing with music, and more. Here is a look at some of the important ways music and dance can help children develop.
When it comes to music and dance, it can be extremely helpful for physical development. Clapping of the hands, moving along with music, and stomping the feet are movements that help to develop large muscle control in children. Children can learn important concepts of moving up, down, left, right, slow, or fast when they are dancing along with music. Even using sticks or spoons on pots or drums can help children develop their fine motor skills with hand movements.
Social and Language Development
Social and language skills can also be developed with music and dance. When children are involved with music, with songs, their rhyme, and their rhythm, this helps to reinforce various words that they are learning. Many children’s songs exist that can help children to learn body parts, shapes, animal names, sizes, the alphabet, and more.
Because music and dance involves activity, it is a great way that children can be encouraged to join in activities with other children. They will learn to share their instruments, to cooperate in a setting that is social, and how to work together with others for musical activities.
Emotions can be explored with music as well. There are songs that deal with fears, music that is happy, and music that is scary. Children can learn about their emotions and how to deal with them with music.
Although it is surprising, music and dance can help with the development of math skills as well. The rhythms in music are basically patterns, which is an important part of math. Kids learn to count with music, they can learn about sizes and shapes, and even measurements are often involved in songs. Many people have found that children can more easily learn mathematical concepts, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division when it is set to music.
Music Making Activities You Can Use
There are so many ways that you can make sure that music and dance activities are introduced into the lives of your children.
Here are a few great ideas:
- Start singing to babies when they are born.
- Give kids musical toys to play with.
- Play music when children go to sleep.
- Teach kids to tap out rhythms.
- Let kids make musical instruments of their own.
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