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Music and Literacy | How to Interweave Both to Help Your Child Learn

by Anya Willis

Posted on January 1, 2022, 12:00 am

We all want our children to do well in school and in life. To give your child a leg up while developing their literacy skills, you should consider bringing music into their life. There are many ways you can do so, and just as many benefits. If you want your child to have an advantage not only in school, but in life in general, add music to their scholastic activities.


The Benefits


Studies have established that, often, children who have music incorporated into their classrooms perform better at reading comprehension than those who do not. Not only does this apply to reading, but verbal skills and linguistic abilities in general were also found to be greater in children who had music education. It might even help children focus better and hear more clearly through distractions. This can help them learn and pay attention even in a raucous environment. The brain develops at a faster, more acute rate, which can help children in a myriad of areas of life, mostly in reading and language processing.


In the Classroom


There are ways that this learning can be incorporated into school learning as well as at home. In fact, music is often used for young children to improve memory and aid learning. Songs are used to learn the ABCs, after all. Music is also taught at a young age, whether it’s a recorder or singing. 


Music can be a key to understanding history and other cultures in a way that may be more engaging to students, rather than simply reciting facts and dates, although it should be noted that music does strengthen rote memorization, too. You can set things like mathematical equations to music to help your child remember them. Music helps across many subjects.


Learning Music Theory


One of the hardest parts of learning music for children can be music theory. Thankfully, there are fun ways to teach your little one about this topic by using some of their favorite things. If they love cars, use miniature models as music notes on extra-large sheet music. If they love flowers, incorporate them into learning. One good way to start your children gently down the road of learning music theory is to have them listen to different kinds of music. Get them excited before you try to teach them basic terms, like pianoand forte. Often, hearing the concepts before learning the terms can be useful.


Practicing Music


If your child is ready to pick up an instrument, they can often do so in school or after-school programs, or you can take them to private lessons. There are as many ways to learn music as there are individuals. Children may respond to a certain instrument more than others, or even prefer singing or composition. Songs can be taught and discussed to get them thinking about themes and words. If your child is not fond of singing, an instrument may be the right choice. 


However, if you are concerned about how much an instrument costs and are worried your child may fall out of love with it, you could go online instead. There are many online music programs, apps and websites that allow your child to experiment in fun ways and learn from home. Improve their focus by keeping their practice space decluttered and clean and adding some indoor plants.


Not only does music often help our children with reading, but it’s a fun way to engage them in countless ways. You can learn together, and, hopefully, let your child grow their confidence both at school and at home. Music is a creative outlet that you both can share on their educational journey.

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