Music acts positively on the child's development, especially if it is harmonious and melodious. It has been observed that music has a calming, calming effect on children, so it is recommended at any age.
The benefits of music on the young child
The newborn, the baby and the older child react in the same way to listening to music, as do adults. Everyone has experienced listening to different musical styles, in different evolutionary stages.
We know that slow, harmonious music with low tones has a calming, relaxing and even sedative effect on adults. Against the music with fast rhythms, different tones, noisy, it is not to everyone's liking and increases adrenaline giving a state of agitation and sometimes even discomfort.
This does not differ much among young children either.
The most common are swing songs, used by most parents or grandparents when trying to fall asleep in the evening or when the child wakes up at night and begins to cry.
Music has a positive effect even on premature infants. There have been several medical studies in this regard. One of them showed that listening to soothing music for 40 minutes daily has positive effects on the development of the premature newborn, so that after 4 days from the beginning of the experiment, a weight gain, a decrease in blood pressure and an acceleration of heart rate.
Music positively influences even the parents or educators of the caring child, primarily because of its relaxing and calming effect. Music drives away depression and anxiety, relaxes the muscles and urges dance which in turn has a positive effect on the body and the psyche.
Can music make the child smarter?
It is a question that has been discussed and analyzed many times, but even now there is no study that clearly demonstrates the positive effect of music on the IQ.
Some experts argue that the ability to play a musical instrument stimulates intelligence, so that a child who plays violin or piano will solve a problem in mathematics much faster than one who does not have these skills. However, it is quite difficult to conclude this in the case of young children or newborns, because such studies are difficult at this age.
A study conducted on a group of 4-year-olds who can play the piano showed that they acquired special skills in understanding three-dimensional space.
Young children have excellent musical memory. Often they realize if a well-known song is not interpreted correctly. The statement is not valid for all children aged 4-5 months and is quite difficult to prove.
The place of music in the child's life
Music can successfully replace other activities such as watching TV or computer games. Installing an audio system or a musical instrument can stimulate your appetite for music, singing or dancing.
Music should be present as much as possible in everyday life, any activity can be accompanied by a particular rhythm. The taste for music is not innate but must be cultivated over time. The talent to sing or play music on a certain instrument is innate, but it must be explored in time to achieve exceptional results.
Slow music, listened to in deafness before bed, relaxes and calms the young child. It will get used to listening to your favorite music before bed, so parents can install a CD in the room. The exact mechanism of the sedative action of the music is not known, but a decrease in blood pressure, pulse and general state of agitation is observed.
Some mothers prefer to sing to the children, this being indicated for 2 reasons. The first is that the newborn recognizes the familiar voice of the mother with whom he has already become accustomed and secondly, the singer has a positive antidepressant effect on the mother as well.
Although a night recital is sometimes tiring for the mother, the swing songs performed by it seem to be more effective than those recorded on a CD.
The association of the dance or of a fun mimic to the performed songs can positively stimulate the artistic, theatrical spirit of the mother as well as the child.
Some children prefer to compose and interpret their own music. Of the most beloved instruments in these small vocals, we mention, the piano or organ, the drums, the xylophone, and then with the increasing age will be attracted by other instruments such as the violin, the instruments to blow and why not the computer (electronic music) .
The ability to truly play a musical instrument occurs only after the age of 3 (at this age the brain is sufficiently devoured and mature to perform complex activities), but it is never too early to let the child play and explore. musical instruments.
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