Children’s development should be looked at holistically with consideration for how each area of development affects one another. Cognitive (understanding and development), social (literacy and communication), emotional, spiritual, and physical (motor skills) are interconnected with each other. For example, emotional and cognitive work together, and enable the child to develop an understanding of their emotions, and how to communicate to get desired results (for example, crying is a symbol of sadness).
Studies have investigated the importance of music in early childhood development since the 1950s. Two facts that are widely accepted are that children do not express music in the same way as adults and that the years from birth to the age six is the are most important for a child’s musical development. This is because even the youngest toddlers receive the tones of music and unintentionally differentiate in frequency, melody and stimuli. According to researchers, the early years of childhood are critical in to learning to unscramble the tones of music and to build up a mental organization system to memorize the music. This means that, like language development, toddlers develop their musical skills through imitating and memorizing rhythms and tones of songs such as clapping to a beat and singing in tune. Without this ability, children would not be able to develop their musical skills.1
Music is a great holistic experience that helps develop memory skills, language, social-emotional skills, gross/fine motor skills, focusing/attention span skills, emotion regulation, and math skills. Music is an amazing asset to help your child develop essential skills while enjoying their artistic creations.