Study after study has shown the positive effects of music education on cognitive development. The study, practice, and discipline of making music gives the brain a workout—it develops and expands neural pathways, forming stronger and more complex communication networks. Music education can build listening and auditory processing skills; promote memory and recall; and strengthen executive function, the set of cognitive abilities that controls planning, organizing, goal formation, and more.
In Kindermusik classes, children are introduced to new concepts and topics that help them gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. They learn song lyrics and dance routines that test their memory and recall skills, practice focusing on and listening attentively to original stories and unique animal sounds, and learn about cause and effect through instrument and prop play. Our activities encourage problem solving, symbolic thinking, reasoning, and more—all in a musically engaging and developmentally appropriate way.
Kindermusik Benefit MOVEMENT
There’s no doubt that physical activity is healthy. Exercise builds muscle strength, increases cardiovascular health, and can positively affect mood, self-esteem, and energy level. But getting young children in the habit of moving doesn’t just set them up with good habits for life—it also has real-time developmental benefits. Movement builds fine- and gross-motor skills, develops balance and coordination, and primes the brain for learning.
In Kindermusik class, children bounce, clap, spin, and hop. They build core strength as they dance in a circle and skip around the room; they develop eye-hand coordination as they toss scarves in the air and catch them; and they stimulate their vestibular systems by rocking and swaying to relaxing music. Throughout class, children are asked to respond to aural and visual cues with movement, creating a multisensory learning experience that brings abstract concepts down to a clear, concrete, experiential level.
Kindermusik Benefit LANGUAGE and LITERACY
Music is a natural vehicle for language acquisition. It’s easy to remember new words when they’re set to music and paired in rhymes. And studies show that music education has a profound impact on phonemic awareness (the ability to recognize and distinguish between phonemes, the smallest units of sound in oral language), and on phonological awareness (a more general skill that involves the ability to recognize and manipulate all the structural units of oral language—sounds, words, syllables, etc.). Both phonemic and phonological awareness are absolutely vital to reading.
Kindermusik classes are chock-full of language learning. Silly rhymes and catchy songs offer opportunities for vocal development, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary building, and storytime strengthens pre-reading skills such as print awareness and auditory discrimination. Through musical activities and interactions with their teacher and peers, children also develop conversation skills and the ability to speak rhythmically and expressively. And, results from a recent independent research study showed that preschoolers who participated in the Kindermusik curriculum for as little as 30 minutes each week showed a 32% greater gain in their phonological awareness than the control group.
Kindermusik Benefit MUSICAL
Maybe it goes without saying, but Kindermusik classes drive children’s musical development. Our activities are designed to develop vocal skills, foster music appreciation, and build a foundation for formal music instruction later on. In class, children learn to play all kinds of age-appropriate instruments and to appreciate music of varying styles and origin. They learn to recognize and decode musical symbols, and they’re introduced to musical concepts and terms as they play and move presto, largo, allegro, staccato, and legato to a variety of rhythms.
Kindermusik Benefit SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL
Healthy social-emotional development includes the ability to form satisfying and positive relationships with others, to exercise self-control, and to experience and navigate a full range of emotions. Studies have shown that healthy social-emotional development in young children correlates closely with cognitive development and academic success in school; and children who display strong self-regulation are better able to control their impulses, pay attention, and work flexibly toward goals.
Kindermusik lessons are thoughtfully crafted to encourage executive function skills, like self-regulation, and to promote healthy social interactions. Children are guided to explore emotions—their own, those of their friends, and those of the characters in the songs and stories they hear. They acquire new skills that build their self-esteem, develop a sense of belonging through community-building rituals, and learn to manage their impulses by following directions and taking instruction. Activities help children experience positive peer interactions by encouraging cooperation, turn-taking, and sharing.
Kindermusik Benefit SENSORY AWARENESS
Nurturing children’s creativity and challenging them to come up with new and expressive ways of doing things helps them to become better problem-solvers and more innovative thinkers later in life.
Kindermusik class is an incubator for creative expression—it’s a place where children are encouraged to be imaginative, uninhibited, and inventive. During instrument play, children find new ways to make sounds with shakers; in movement activities, they dance expressively to music of varying tempos; and in pretend-play activities, they move like butterflies, imitate bird calls, and pretend to bake cookies!