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Music And Child Development – The Importance of Music For Your Developing Child

Music is an essential element in your child’s learning and development. He is a musical being and is fascinated by it from birth. Research has shown that music played to your child while still in the womb has a beneficial effect on his brain and helps to lay the foundation of later learning, music ability and language development. Music helps to relax you and your child and can improve his memory development and sensory coordination. He enjoys experiencing music and movement together. Teach songs with actions and encourage him to dance along to the music. Movement helps him learn balance, coordination, body awareness and rhythm. Getting him to play an instrument will help with his creative development and help develop his fine motor skills. Music can also be a fun, special time to share with him. There are many benefits of surrounding your child with music. Music assists in the development of his speech. Singing nursery rhymes and simple songs teaches him how language is constructed and assists with the acquisition of language. Singing songs with him will also teach him about tone, beat and rhythm. Having a few CDs with a variety of children’s songs will keep both of you amused. He will quickly pick up nursery rhymes and repetitive tunes and be singing along before you know it. Including music as a routine part of your day will have many positive effects on him. He can be settled to sleep with music. A song sung by a you or played on a CD routinely prior to sleep time can help to establish a good bedtime routine for him. Music can be effective in keeping him entertained in the car on long trips. Ensure you have a variety of CDs. You can never have enough of them as …we adults… quickly get bored by the same tune playing over and over again. If you play an instrument, learn a few nursery thymes to play and sing along with him. You will take pleasure in watching him dancing along to your tunes. The whole family can join in and enjoy the experience.

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