It is well known that children’s faces light up when singing, dancing, moving and playing instruments. Not only have studies shown that it can activate happiness in children, it has also been shown to aid in developing a range of important skills.
What benefits do children gain from music?
Improved speech and vocabulary result from singing and repeating rhymes. Children are highly engaged with this form of learning and it can broaden a child’s vocabulary and improve their pronunciation and communication skills.
Children’s cognition and memory skills are also utilised when listening to music in terms following direction and working in groups. Children’s brainpower and memory have found to be enhanced when participating in music making and singing too. Studies show wonderful results supporting the benefits for children who have been learning piano.
In one study by Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) and Gordon Shaw (a physicist at of the University of California at Irvine) tested preschoolers who received piano lessons. They found that preschoolers who received piano lessons scored 34% higher than their non-musical counterparts in tests which measured spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the brain function used to understand math, science and engineering.
Listening skills are also enhanced when singing songs and playing musical instruments. The children are engaged in learning to follow directions and work in a group situation with Miss Larissa and the other children.
Dancing and movement to music allows children to develop their coordination. Playing instruments and using musical percussion gives children a chance to work on their gross and fine motor skills.
We love to witness the children relish in an all-round sensory experience when listening, singing and playing instruments. These musical activities involve seeing, touching, listening, singing and moving. For preschoolers, interpreting picture symbols and learning to read music improves visual processing skills.
It is easy to see the self-expression and stimulation, which results when the children are singing, dancing and playing piano. An appreciation for music can be developed from this young age as children learn concepts, beat, rhythm, dynamics, form and notation.
Our piano program
At Care for Kindies, we strongly believe in the importance of musical skill development for children from a young age. We have included piano lessons at our centres, at no added cost to parents.
Miss Larissa is our wonderful piano teacher who teaches the children how to play piano outside of centre hours. Miss Larissa has a natural talent teaching the children and is also very musically talented herself.
Our group piano lessons facilitate learning and encourage the children to follow instructions in a group setting. Have a look at the photos below to see how much fun the children have.