The Cognitive and Physical Benefits of Music in Early Childhood

The early years of life are a time fulfilled with wonder and exploration. It has been estimated that during these formative stages, the human brain creates one million new neural connections every second. The future of learning is built upon these connections.

The numerous benefits of musical participation on child development have been well-established for years.

The Physical Development Benefits to Music Therapy

Music is a fun and effective way to promote the development of critical motor skills for all children. Research has found that it can also provide specific interventions in helping those who aren't meeting their developmental milestones, such as sensory processing disorders or autism spectrum. Music therapy doesn't just benefit these two physical challenges, but also helps with a variety of developmental and physical challenges.

Music therapy helps with:

  • Improving strength and stamina

  • Improving body awareness and motor planning

  • Promoting bilateral body movements

  • Teaching strategies to modulate arousal levels

  • Improving hand-eye coordination

  • Reinforcing directional and spatial concepts

The Cognitive Development Benefits to Music Therapy

Music therapists work with children of all ages to help them reach their potential. They use the structure, rhythm and sounds of music in a deliberate manner that promotes success in children, and helps reinforce skills.

Music therapy helps with:

  • Teaching academic concepts

  • Improving executive functioning

  • Increasing attention spans

  • Teaching life skills

  • Developing pre-academic skills such as attending, cause-effect, turn-taking, and following directions

Creating Music At Home

What does this mean for your young children? Music is good for them mentally and physically and should be a part of daily life in the family! The best news is that you don't have to play instruments like a professional to incorporate it into your daily lives. Young children love to hear the same songs and patterns repeated. They will enjoy exploring music with you, so repetition is key! As they grow older change up what's being played by varying tempo, volume or lyrics to add novelty.