5 Ways to Use Music at Home to Promote Learning, Enhance Creativity, and Teach Listening Skills

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Untitled design (11)The earlier a person is exposed to music, the better effect it will have on one’s mind. Numerous studies have shown the powerful effects of music on people from birth all the way to the end of one’s life. Even though many scientist, physicians, and natural healers have spent their adult lives striving to make parents and educators aware of the importance of music, many people still view music as a pleasurable activity, instead of viewing it as a vital component to intelligence and child development.

Music has such a powerful effect on the mind that it actually changes the way children’s brains develop. The act of listening, expressing, and learning to sing or play an instrument actually changes the chemical make-up of the brain. Music enhances learning by increasing a child’s ability to focus, listen, speak, express emotions and relax.

Music can be medicine to an anxious child, it can help a 2 year old learn their ABC’s and it can help a high school students on their SAT’s.  In 1996, a study completed by the College Entrance Examination Board reported that students with experience in music performance scored thirty-nine points higher on the math section of the SAT and fifty-one points higher on the verbal part of the SAT than the national average (Campbell, p.177).

This does not mean that your child has to be a concert pianist to get the full effects of music. What it means, is that using music on a daily basis in your child’s life is extremely beneficial.
As a musician, life coach, and mental health counselor I have been interested in the effects of music on the mind for a great deal of my adult life and have been actively using music with my children since the time I was pregnant. With that said, you don’t have to be a physician, a musician, or a music therapist in order to use music effectively with your children.

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  1. Great article. Many parents are using my sleep Cd to settle their children to sleep with great results. It encourages parents to sing the sweet lullaby and the instrumental allows relaxation into deep sleep. My toddler was three when I first used it and now, almost eight still listens to it when he cannot settle to sleep. He also has been playing piano for three years and has perfect pitch. Music is wonderful and we share our love of piano together.

  2. Hi Deb,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience using music at home with your children! Tell us about your sleep CD, it sounds great! Piano is a great instrument to begin with, glad to hear your son is enjoying music so much! The benefits truly are amazing!

    Thanks again for your comment!

  3. My last child born after a 21 year gap, was a cat napper at first, and then could take 2-3 hours to settle to sleep as a toddler. As a night duty neonatal nurse, I was so tired and desperate for him to get to sleep and settled before I started work. On nights off, I wanted to go to sleep early, but he had other ideas. As a new to music mum, I composed a sleep song…it worked! He has listened to my sleep lullaby lyrics and instrumental over many years, whenever he found it difficult to relax to sleep.
    I knew I had to share it with other sleep deprived parents and toddlers. I developed the arrangement so that it was specifically designed to get toddlers to sleep and added merchandise for fun sleep experiences. Developed commercially, it has worked for hundreds of other parents. My son has perfect pitch and plays piano. I truly think the early exposure has been the key factor in this. He is about to play at his first piano comp. A great way to share his music and a boost to his confidence. He has done a great job at staying focussed on the music piece, and just learning that, is an important life skill. Regards Deb Herdman.

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