Music Class for Toddlers can
Enhance language skills and memory
Your toddler is just learning how to put thoughts into words, and make those words into sentences. Learning the words to simple songs can help a child become a better listener, to process sounds more easily, and to echo them back to you accurately. These skills will also help your child later, when he's learning to read.
The rhythms and rhymes of a song provide a structure that helps your child remember what she's learned. Using a song, you can easily teach your child to memorize her address or an important phone number.
Even just listening to music has some benefits for children, but to really reap the intellectual rewards, your child should be an active participant. Age-appropriate music classes will engage a toddler's interest, and make learning the fun activity it should be.
Provide a rich sensory and emotional environment
Child development experts agree that increasing the quantity and quality of different experiences is highly beneficial to a child's brain. In other words, the more you engage their senses - taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight - the more fully developed their brains become. Music classes offer a great way to stimulate your child's senses, and make a lasting difference in her cognitive development.
Music also gives your child access to a wide variety of emotions, and a unique way of understanding them. In music class, he'll be presented with many different types of music. He'll learn to respond appropriately to aural cues for the different emotional states, to put a name to his emotions, and become more attuned to cues he picks up from others.
Build teamwork and cooperation
There's nothing more exciting than being part of group that's making music. While every toddler loves being the "star of the show," music classes will help your child to love being part of a team. Making music with others builds friendships and teaches your child to respect the contributions of everyone in the group.
At home, you'll find it much easier to make those daily transitions that are often so difficult for your toddler - brushing the teeth every morning, or putting away the toys and going to bed at night, for example. Make these unpleasant events into a happy ritual with songs that your toddler learns in music class, and teaches to you.
Above all, music classes are great fun for toddlers, and they can be great for you, too. Attending music class with your child provides an activity that you can enjoy together. It gives you the opportunity to bring the music home with you, and make it part of your everyday lives.
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