Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Music & Your Child’s Development

Published on: September 18, 2016  

Music & Your Child’s Development

Whether dancing around the family room, dancing to Just Dance 3, making up songs the beats in the car or singing along to some of our favorite songs, most school-age kids love listening to and participating in creating music.

My son, Andrew, is a budding pianist while Allison is taking lessons for the piano and violin and has just begun voice lessons. Singing, playing a variety of musical instruments, and wonderfully organized community performances are a focal point in their school’s curriculum.

My daughter’s experience as an actress in three performances at the Tacoma Music Playhouse has set the stage for her blossoming interest in music, dance, and theater.

Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music:

  • Are better readers.
  • Perform better in math and the sciences.
  • Have better reasoning skills and cognitive skills.
  • Tend to get along better with their peers and have a healthy self-esteem.
  • Are more likely to go to college.
  • Students who’ve been involved in public school music programs score higher on their SATs than those who are not involved.

Here are some tips on how to bring music into your family:

Mix it up. The early elementary-school years are an optimal time to expose kids to a wide variety of music from jazz, classical, rhythm and blues, latin, and country. You’ll find that most kids are open to exploring and experiencing a variety of musical styles until around the third grade, when they begin to develop more individual tastes. What’s interesting is that kids in grades four and up prefer music with a faster tempo. So, get ready to pump it up as your children approach the middle school years.

Fill your child’s life with music.

  • Download a variety of genres of music on your child’s mp3 player.
  • Introduce kids to songs from your own childhood or music you especially love.
  • Involve your child in creating their own rhythms, lyrics, and songs.
  • Make your own musical instruments. Have instruments available in your child’s play area.
  • Cook to music, clean to music, and take time to sit, listen and enjoy music together.
  • Form your own family band with real or improvised instruments (spoons, makeshift drums, etc.). Our family band is called the “The One Up One Downs.” We gig daily…

With Warmest Regards,

Dr. Dave Callies
Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist
Gyro Psychology Services, Inc.
360-236-0206 (o)
360-236-9909 (f)
866-616-GYRO (4976)

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