Why singing is so important for your young child and you (II)

SINGING TEACHES MUCH MORE THAN MUSIC ALONE

While singing, children develop listening and cooperative skills, coordination of the tongue and lips, gross and fine motor skills (through creative movement and keeping the beat), self-control, concentration skills and memory. Singing fosters the growth of the imagination, that essential part of a child’s mind that is being increasingly impinged upon by the prevalence of TV, videos, computer games and busy schedules. Singing develops a child’s sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

Children learn more easily through singing. Why do we teach the ABCs with a song? Think of all those ridiculous words to commercials and TV show theme songs that you know from your childhood, not because you tried to memorize them, but because they are lyrics to songs that you heard over and over again!

While singing, children learn vocabulary and grammar, story form, math, history, geography, and science. Singing is a superb tool for learning foreign languages.

SINGING CREATES A LINK BETWEEN GENERATIONS

Songs carry history and traditions in families and in nations. Singing creates a strong sense of belonging in children; belonging to a family, a community, a culture, a country. Singing helps children feel part of something bigger than themselves, something they can join and can contribute to by singing. Remember how people sang together after September 11th?

SINGING ENCOURAGES BRAIN AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. READING, PLAYING PRETEND GAMES AND SINGING ARE THE THREE ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES PARENTS SHOULD DO WITH A CHILD.

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Article via: Rice University Shepherd of Music
http://music.rice.edu/ycd/res001.shtml

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