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Teachers Are Encouraging The Teaching of Music Appreciation And Here Is Why

As our culture has developed, so has the art of music. Music Appreciation is now being taught for all grades world wide. From Pre-school to 12th grade, teachers are encouraging the exposure to classical music and teaching children the understanding of music.

This is due to the studies that have been conducted tying the education of music and music appreciation as a whole to higher IQ/SAT scores, higher GPAs, and increased math and science skills. Parents are being encouraged to even engage with their infants in light forms of musical appreciation as it assists in word forming and speaking.

What Exactly Is Music Appreciation And Why Is It Important?

Music Appreciation is when someone is taught how to listen for and understand what they are listening to in the different kinds and genre of music. Most courses put their focuses on classical music, while also intertwining history as to give light to the historical influences that affected the music at the time. Although intended as simply a class for non-musical majors in college, Music Appreciation is now being noted by many teachers among the grades as a important course that every child should take even from a young age.

“…Parents can build on these natural instincts by learning how music can impact child development, improve social skills, and benefit children of all ages.”

– Bright Horizons Education

 

In 2016 the USC Brain and Creativity Institute conducted a study that showed signs of accelerated brain development in the areas specifically for language acquisition and reading skills when children went through musical experiences in their childhood.

Music has been found to be critical in the development of children, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Other then assisting academically, Music Appreciation assists in in granting children the gift of self expression while also enhancing memory in children AND adults.

How To Ensure Your Child Is Developing In Music

  • Play soft classical music as background music for infants! They can grasp a melody first before actual lyrics so playing short simple songs while engaging with them like singing lines while doing different activities and playing assist in development and creates a fun atmosphere!
  • Teach your toddlers nursery rhymes! A critical part in helping them develop is giving visual cues and engaging with them! Keep them moving!
  • Keep soothing and rhythmic music playing as much as you can! As they grow older you can begin to add music with some lyrics and making up your own songs along the way!
  • As children grow older and become their own person and find their sense of identity, the music they listen to will progressively change! To encourage their involvement in music, suggest to your teen that they take some music classes. Allow them the freedom to choose an instrument and sign them up for a class.
  • In the case your child isn’t actively taking music appreciation in school, go on YouTube! You can play simple Music Appreciation videos for whatever grade level they are in!
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Music Appreciation can be intertwined with other subjects like math, science and history.  You can find ways to wrap up all these classes into one fun course that keeps them engaged and educated!