Music is part of our daily lives, and as we get older, though our tastes might change, music stays with us. Music for children is an important part of their development, and will have naturally been part of their early growth through nursery rhymes and television. It’s also important in education as an effective way to encourage learning, which is why we offer a wide range of music rewards to help motivate children. Read on to find out some of the benefits of music and why it’s so important to include it in your classroom.
Development of key skills
Listening is an essential part of primary school education, as pupils need to be able to listen to absorb information. The act of creating music involves listening to yourself and others to be able to hear tempos and harmonies, in order to be in tune. Being involved in music activity unsurprisingly helps auditory development in the brain.
Believe it or not, music can also benefit mathematical skills. Reading music includes learning quarter, half and whole notes, which relates to fractions. Getting Smart states, “When a music pupil has spent time learning about rhythm, he has learned to count. He is not counting numbers, per se, but he is most certainly using logic to count out the rhythms and bars, and working his way methodically through the piece. Many musical concepts have mathematical counterparts.”
From music, your pupils will be bursting with an array of different skills, without even realising they’ve been working at it so ti’s still important to encourage your pupils and reward their musical efforts. Our mixed music certificates are a wonderful and tangible way to show your pupils they’ve done well in their class. We’re certain that parents will also be thrilled to see their musical children coming home with these.
Confidence and communication
An important part of a child’s growth is to allow them to build and maintain a sense of self-esteem. Music is a wonderful way to allow pupils to try something new, and what better way to develop their confidence than mastering singing or playing an instrument. According to PBS, when pupils work towards a common goal, they appreciate that their ‘voice’ and interests are heard by others, which is a vital part of building self-esteem.
When it comes to communication there are studies to show that music education develops the left side of the brain, known to be involved with processing language. Learning a musical instrument also improves how the brain understands human language, which can even help pupils pick up a second language much earlier. Music can have a powerful impact on children with special needs, which is why many schools offer music therapy. This helps children to communicate in their own way and open up, which can sometimes be a struggle.
This kind of growth can be quite a personal journey for your pupils. That’s why we’re pleased to offer personalised music stickers that allow you to enter your text which is the perfect way to reward your pupils’ efforts in their music class.
The benefits of music in education are endless. Music allows pupils to get creative, express themselves and, most importantly, immerse themselves in something that’s fulfilling; a recipe for a happy classroom! We’d love to help you along the way, so please feel free to get in touch.