The Importance Of Music In Early Childhood Education

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The article’s purpose was to bring recognition to the importance of music in early childhood education. It looks at how music influences cognitive, biological and social emotional development. The author closes the article out by suggesting ways in which teachers can incorporate music into their own classrooms and learning opportunities.
The author begins the article by noting that in an early childhood setting, music is everywhere. It is how we may greet our parents in the morning, transition our students from one activity to the next or teacher a new idea or concept. In essence, it is how we teachers communicate with our students through the day. (p.82) This presence of music has many benefits and can influence the development of a child
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Music enhances the physical body by allowing the children to move about to the different rhythms. This movement enhances muscle growth and senses. Music can also enhance brain activity. The article notes that music “engages brain synopses” which in turn “increases the connectivity between neurons” (p.83) A musician brain can be easily identified by an anatomist compared to other professions. It also influences a child’s executive function (EF). EF is a child’s “ability to organize thoughts and activity, process new information productively, and shape this new information to fit his world.” (p.82) These long term enhancements or boost can promote skills like memory, organization, and multitasking.
Because music is universal and does not “discriminate between race, income or social status” (p.84), music can also have social and emotion benefits. It allows children to express themselves individually as well as work along other with losing their individuality. It has been shown to relieve anxiety and boost the mood.
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I thought it was just something that was done without much reason or question. After reading this article, I now see that music effects memory, hearing, muscle growth, emotions, and so much more. Now that I know this information, I plan on putting more though into the selections of music that I place and use in the classroom. I also play on pairing these selections carefully with certain skills such as math or literacy. I plan on using music beyond the normal circle time routine and utilizing it with smaller groups. Realizing that music is universal, I plan on using music as a way to celebrated different

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