Why Music Matters in Early Childhood Development

Think of how your favourite song can lift your mood, or even expand your creative development. But, why does music play a foundational role in early childhood development

Research has shown that from birth to age six is the most critical time for a child’s musical development because children do not hear music like adults. Before the age of six, children hear tones of music at a different frequency level, making early childhood critical in the development of their ability to memorize and mimic music and language in general.  With the introduction of music at a young age, your child will learn essential skills they can continue to carry as they grow older. 

Fosters Emotional Development 

There’s a reason why we, as humans, have a strong connection to music and sound. According to Dr. Wolf, humans are wired to be sensitive to sound patterns. Having that sensitivity is why music can foster communication and creative expression. For those that consider music an emotional outlet, this isn’t only true for adults. Music in the early stages of childhood teaches children how to associate their feelings with the sounds and words they hear. Further research has shown that children of preschool age who participate in music or art classes correlate sounds and songs with positive emotions and feelings. …

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