How Music Can Affect Child Development

Music is a vast and universal art, in which almost anyone can understand……perhaps even babies. 

I’m sure all of you have at least once, wondered if music can actually affect child development. Maybe you’ve heard of that myth, where when babies listen to Mozart, their IQ supposedly increases. And although there is no scientific evidence to confirm it as true, other studies regarding music affecting child development have shown some positive answers. 

One five-year study conducted by USC neuroscientists shows that music instruction appears to be able to accelerate brain development in young children. Specifically in the areas where the brain processes sound, language development, speech perception, and reading skills.

Music, along with movement instruction, has also proven itself to be able improve children’s memory, cognitive development, learning skills and expressive ability.

An example from me is that if you looked back at when I was younger, before I started piano, my memory wasn’t as good as it was now. I can also tell that my mind is a lot sharper, as I am able to notice small things and read the piano notes a lot more quickly and accurately. 

Now, you should by now be able to see that under the right music instructor, your child could quite possibly evolve by leaps and bounds. And that’s it for me! Hopefully, you learned something actually interesting reading this. Bye!

– Emma Yan

Oclef Student – Power of Music

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