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Teaching Music To Children Linked To Higher IQ

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 12, 2013 | Categories: Children, Education, Guest Posts

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Many parents teach music to children for the benefit of allowing their children to have an extra skill throughout life. Recent developments show that learning music at a young age is linked to higher academic performance, increased IQ scores and better performance later in life. Supporting the overall wellness and mental health of a child begins at an early age.

Importance of Music

Music is huge in the lives and raising of children. Music can mold the whole life of a child. It can shape the entirety of their life. They may fall in love with an instrument and never put it down. It can be a way to pay for college or a way just to stay out of trouble for some kids. But for most, Music is a release. It can help you forget and just live inside the music and express yourself exactly how you’d like in a more constructive manner. Having music in the lives of young children is priceless.

Benefits

Kids learn and build fundamentals based on their surroundings. If you nurture a child in a positive fueled musically inclined environment. Music is an integral part to human development. Many research shows and I’m sure you have heard before that playing Beethoven or classical music to the baby before it has been born has shown beneficial. And while some of these claims aren’t necessarily true there is most certainly a foundation among them.

Music is shown to improve the focus and intelligence level among young children. Playing a musical instrument such as a Piano has proven to give younger kids a sense of commitment and discipline that they wouldn’t normally get any other way.

Learning While they are Still Young

Similar to how younger children have a much easier time learning a second foreign language, they also enjoy the benefits of being able to learn music at an accelerated pace as well. Research shows that kids who get involved in music at a young age tend to keep playing music and enjoy the benefits of learning it as well.

As many adults know learning a new instrument past a certain age can be a very arduous task so why not give your kids the benefit of already having a solid foundation of a musical instrument and be able to express themselves freely. Learning at a young age while their minds are still open to new ideas and concepts is a great thing to do, even if your child doesn’t like it at first.

Learning how to play the piano helps children build strong fundamentals and a very strong work ethic for the future. Also studies have shown that understanding how to play an instrument is very beneficial in future learning of even different concepts, specifically math related. Children who know how to play an instrument typically excel faster in math classes than students who cannot play an instrument.

So why not just start with the basics and grab a few piano worksheets for your kid to learn and just let them go and run with it.

This article was written by Ben Falk – Staff Writer, Piano Player, and Foot Detox Expert for BodyPure.com

24 Responses to Teaching Music To Children Linked To Higher IQ

  1. I really think that music makes kids more intelligent. It’s a shame that they are removing music and art programs from schools!

  2. This has been proven time and time again … I wish our US education system would get behind the idea and encourage more music in schools!

  3. Maryann says:

    My oldest son, who has autism, used to take a music together class and I swear it is the reason he is verbal and was never non-verbal.

  4. I really wish that my teen would learn to play the piano! She’s pretty good vocally, but these days, voice alone really doesn’t get you far!

  5. I’m so with you! Music was big in my life growing up.

  6. I absolutely 100% believe in that connection!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Music is SO important. I hate that they are cutting so much money from Arts programs in schools.

  8. My son will be taking a music class next month & I’m so excited!

  9. Lisa says:

    That’s why my daughter has piano lessons every week!

  10. Jenn says:

    We plan to start lessons with both kids as soon as they are old enough.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    My husband grew up in a very musical family and was in GATE as well as AP classes. I love that we are able to pass this important aspect down to our children too!

  12. Mellisa says:

    My son started guitar lessons last year and I plan to get my daughter into piano very soon. Music is a great skill to have.

  13. My daughter is taking piano lessons and she is really enjoying it.

  14. Leilani says:

    This is the reason I enrolled my girls into Music Together classes. Once we move, I hope to enroll them again.

  15. Music definitely enhances learning!

  16. I hope the schools pay more attention to this!

  17. our school used to offer programs on the flute and the violin but cut backs in education have caused them to cut back its a shame they don’t find the benefits beneficial enough to keep them in school. IT was one of the most rewarding classes I remember in school

  18. Kathleen says:

    I really think there is a link and I am so glad that my oldest was able to attend a performing arts school for Middle School.

  19. Sheri says:

    I completely agree!

  20. Courtney says:

    M already loves music thankfully!! 😀

  21. Stefani says:

    I have always thought music was important.

  22. My son loves music! This is really neat!

  23. Music is amazing in many ways, and children love it. It has patterns, it energizes or soothes, it’s just magical, so this doesn’t surprise me.

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