Reasons why your child should put down the remote and pick up a musical instrument

Have you ever wondered how you could help your child's development and learning growth? Well there are many reasons why your child should put down their iPhone and T.V remote, and pick up a musical instrument.   

Research on the effects that music has in terms of learning have been around for decades.  When research on the Mozart Effect - the theory that listening to Mozart's music can improve performance and IQ became popularized in the late 1950's, parents everywhere began to try and expose their children to more classical music, in the hope it would make their little one brighter and more susceptible to learning.  This theory that music helps brain development is not a new one, however in today's society of 'reality TV' it's easy to forget the benefits.  Research has found that simply playing a musical instrument or even incorporating music into day to day life during early development can help your child learn. 

babymusic_copyHere are six ways in which learning a musical instrument helps your child learn.
1) Boosts brain power
2) Improves memory
3) Helps them improve socially
4) Builds up their confidence
5) Teaches them patience
6) Teaches them discipline

According to Time Magazine, 'Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn't otherwise hear.  This helps aid them in literacy which can then translate into improved academic results for children' 

However you may be thinking this is all well and good but how is my two year old going to learn to play the guitar.  Well entrepreneur and CEO of Spark and Rocket, Michael Tougher has come up with a solution of making music away from the traditional instruments. 
Soundbops are musical building blocks that represent different notes and can be placed anywhere on the board and stacked on top of each other to create cords.  According to Michael, Soundbops makes music easier and more fun by providing an educational and creative introduction to music.  
soundblops_copyWithout even playing a musical instrument, exposing children to music during early development helps them learn sounds and meanings of words.  Dancing to the music can help children build motor skills whilst allowing them to practice self expression.  There are even benefits for older children and adults as music helps strengthen memory skills.  

The BBC have found that 'babies are born with a natural ability to appreciate music and early exposure to music plays a crucial role in wiring your babies brain for learning' 

Music is such a fundamental part of what we do here at The Little Gym, that's why we always incorporate music into our classes.  Encouraging the children to join in with our singing helps improve their concentration and listening to music helps put young children into a relaxed and receptive state, which is perfect for us when we are teaching a new skill.  

Music is so important to us we even have a whole learning unit on 'Music and Movement' where we explore how music is central to your child's development and how music can aid in learning motor skills.  The learning unit looks at how music helps language and is tremendously important in shaping many higher aspects of brain function, including emotion, language, and other cognitive abilities.  

So what are you waiting for?? Sign your little one up now for a trial session at The Little Gym Camberley.