Why incorporate music in the classroom?
Research has shown:
- Music is good for the brain. Music appears to remodel the brain to improve connections between sounds and meaning and "music automatically sharpens the nervous system's response to sounds" (BBC Health, April 8, 2014)
- Music improves the brain. Music is shown to help with speech perception, the ability to understand emotions in the voice and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. (Dr. Ani Patel)
- Music can help develop reading and math skills. "Music sometimes places higher demands on the brain, on some of the same shared networks that we use for other abilities, allows the music to actually enhance those networks, and those abilities benefit." (WBUR CommonHealth Blog)
- Rhythm and Grammar are Partners in Language Development. According to a study, in grammar, children's minds sort the sounds the they hear into words, phrases and sentences. The rhythm of language helps them to properly sort those sounds. (Kindermusik, Reyna Gordon, Ph.D.)
In our classroom, we have a Song of the Week that we sing together daily. Ask your child to teach it to you at home!