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Music and Learning

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Scientific research on the neurological and developmental effects of music has fascinated educators and parents with the possibility of children's learning enhancement. Compared to the long history of research on language, our scientific understanding of music is new. Fortunately for parents, enriching our children's lives with music can be easily and pleasantly accomplished. From soft music in the nursery to musical toys and dance lessons, encouraging music involvement in a fun way strengthens children's educational, physical, and emotional development.

Does Music Make My Child Smarter?

Yes, of course it does. When learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, your child experiences the unique integration of body and mind that music provides. Sensory integration is a crucial factor in children's learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Music improves spatial-temporal reasoning (See the M.I.N.D. Institute research), a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child's learning with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout the child's developmental years. Do it in a variety of ways that are enjoyable and fun, then let your child's own interest and aptitudes guide your choices of lessons and activities.

More on Music and Learning from the Web

Dee Dickinson at New Horizons for Learning has written a fascinating article about the importance of music education. New Horizons contains a wealth of additional reading on brain research and educational innovation.

Muzine is a Webzine for families who are interested in music. They have an interesting series on Music and the Home Computer.

The most complete Web resource on the topic of the Mozart Effect may be found at Parenting Central from the Suzuki Music Academy.

Family Education Network gives music tips for parents in their Why Music Matters article.

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