Children who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call “a rich sensory environment.” That’s just a fancy way of saying a child is exposed to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds. Kids who enjoy such a rich environment do more than have fun. Researchers believe they forge more pathways between the cells in their brains.
Musical experiences are an important way to help create these pathways, also called neural connections. While listening to music is certainly key to creating them, it’s when your child actively participates in music that he or she makes the strongest connections.
Research has shown that children who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly)
- do better in reading and math when they start school
- are better able to focus and control their bodies
- play better with others and have higher self-esteem