Music is a natural part of our everyday life. It not just entertains us but also soothes our mind and soul. For young children, music is something magical that can help in their over all growth and development. Sing a cranky baby a lullaby, and you would find him becoming calm immediately. Play a nursery rhyme and you would find toddlers tapping their feet merrily.
Studies say that a child’s connection with music starts right from the womb. Even human voice acts like music for infants filled with organised rhythm and pattern. And so early introduction to music or a musical instrument helps to provide kids a rich experience of sounds that can build up their cognitive potential.
My kids (A&A) have immense inclination towards music and they get highly intrigued when given a musical instrument. Their first instrument was a drum with sticks which they would play with a lot of enthusiasm. It would project multi-coloured light and they would get super fascinated by it. At the age of 1.5, I introduced them to a xylophone and a musical mat that would keep them engaged for hours together. Playing with these instruments helped to boost their curiosity and enabled them to learn and experiment.
They are now older and are quite fascinated with keyboards, so I am planning to get them a Casio Mini Keyboard. At this age, it seems just the perfect instrument for them to play and explore. The keyboard has 44 mini-size keys, around 100 built-in tones and 10 song tunes. Its well-built keys make it attractive for toddlers. It is affordable, appropriately sized and well-shaped for little hands to use independently.
How musical instruments can help your kids
Playing musical instruments can develop various skills in children that lead to shaping up a well-rounded personality.
1. Improves Motor Skills
When I see A&A playing a musical instrument, I usually find them immensely focused. While their mind is trying to assess the mechanism, their hands learn to clutch, grasp and make organized movements. Playing a musical instrument helps to build fine and gross motor skills in kids. It improves hand-eye coordination, brings dexterity, adds to muscle development, strength and balance.
2. Helps in Cognitive Development
Music helps to improve certain functions of the brain. Right from language acquisition to strengthening memory skills, it helps toddlers learn different concepts. Their mind and body work together and they slowly grasp the idea of speed, numbers, etc. through music.
3. Adds to Emotional Well-being
Music is known to uplift the mood and combat stress. I find A&A getting instantly energised as soon as the music plays. It helps to calm their mind and put away all the negative thoughts. Playing a musical instrument enables emotional development in kids. They learn self-expression that also results in better self esteem and higher motivation level.
4. Teaches Discipline
Music promotes craftsmanship, and knowledge of musical instruments help to develop various life skills in kids. Toddlers take time to understand the mechanism of any instrument and in the process they gain patience, concentration, discipline and organisation. I usually find A&A too determined to learn the correct mechanism. They don’t give up till they learn fully. Once learnt, they feel immense sense of achievement and acquire confidence that makes it an enriching experience for them.
5. Facilitates Social Bonding
Music can add to a great bonding time you spend as a family. One of the best time we spend together as a family is when we bond over music. A&A love making up new songs while playing their favourite instrument. And we can’t stop admiring the fun they have. Music positively impacts the social behaviour of kids and improves their level of social bonding.