The Benefits of Music or Dance Classes
Have you ever seen your baby stop what he was doing in order to bounce to music? Have you been
amazed by the creative and dramatic movements of your child? You know your child loves music!
Did you know music and movement is inherent in each of us? Through music and movement we find
a way to express ourselves and soothe ourselves. We develop a sense of grace; and motor,
language,cognitive, emotional and social skills.
Music stimulates every area of the brain. When movement is added to the music, the brain
receives even more stimuli, encouraging the growth of vital neurotransmitters.
When you dance while holding your baby, he is internalizing your motions, and is developing his
own steady beat - that underlying, unchanging, repeating pulse. Feeling and moving to steady
beat develops a sense of time and the ability to organize and coordinate movements within time.
When young children are enrolled in music or dance classes, they receive the opportunity to have
fun with peers while developing their intellectual, social and physical skills - plus coordination and
discipline. They gain self confidence with their emerging abilities.
Kindermusik begins classes with babies, stimulating the child while giving bonding time with the
parent. It also provides the parent with the opportunity to network with other adults. As the
child progesses through Kindermusik classes, he/she learns better self expression, is guided
through imaginative musical musical activities, and, finally, begins to read music through
musical games. At around age 7 or 8, the typical child is ready to begin private instrumental
Research has been done on the correlation of music lessons with school grades. One 6-month study
compared a group of children who received piano lessons and practiced regularly with a group who
did not receive music lessons. The math scores of the children who received piano lessons went up
while the scores of the control group did not! Wow!
Creative Movement dance classes begin at age 3 and continue through life. Children learn in an
age-appropriate environment the importance of being a team player, have opportunities to perform
on stage, learn to apreciate the beauty of the performing arts; all of this while discovering their
own unique talents.
DID YOU KNOW?
Young people who participate in the arts for at least 3 hours on 3 days each week through at least
one full year are:
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more ikely to win an award for school attendance
4 times more ikely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Yong artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
Perform community service more than four times as often
Music education helps other disciplines of learning...
According to Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect, tracing neurological development through
childhood provides the answer. Prior to a major spurt of neural integration in the brain during the
elementary school years, learning occurs through movement and quick emotinal associations. For
example, by age 2, the brain has begun to fuse with the body via marching, dancing, and developing
a sense of physical rhythm. The more music children are exposed to before they enter school, the
more deeply this stage of neural coding will assist them throughout their lives.
Skills learned through music carries over into study skills, communications skills and cognitive skills
useful to all parts of life. For example, research supports that music helps prepare the mind for
specific disciplines of learning. One such study referenced in a 1997 article in Neurological
Research indicated that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically
enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.
Even our elected officials have realized the importance of music for our children. Federal law,
No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, states, "Studying music encourages self discipine and diligence
traits that carry over into mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government,
economics, arts, history and geography."