21 Nov Is music & dance beneficial for our children?
Music and Dance:
If you’ve ever witnessed children grooving to music, you can’t help but smile. Children obviously love the feeling of moving to the tunes we play for them. But music and dance are much more than just fun activities for children. In fact, it’s very beneficial for children to participate in these “performing arts”.
- Music and dance engage the brain: Children learn new things, for example sounds, words and patterns through music. And with dance, children can explore and control their body movements. These activities are great for development and stimulate connections in the growing brain.
- It helps cultivate communication skills: Bringing together children with songs, rhymes and actions allows the discovery of how to interact and connect with others. Children develop listening and social skills that will encourage self-confidence and support in preparation for school transition.
- It helps foster physical skills: Young musicians and dancers learn skills like balance, control and coordination. Singing and movement is also good aerobic exercise linked to stress reduction, physical fitness and overall good health.
- Music and dance contribute to creativity and imagination: With children spending more time in front of screens rather than physically playing, music and dance encourages children to be curious and imaginative. This creative outlet can also provide opportunities to learn about other cultures through the arts.