All these strategies help children achieve, and even increase their educational attainment, but there is one scientifically validated factor that catalyses and undergirds all these strategies, yet it is often overlooked.
Music and movement in the early years, leading to musical proficiency in school, has consistently proven advantageous not just academically, but in sports, social development, and across the scholastic spectrum.
Neurological development, aural perception, dexterity, coordination, and cognitive processing are all encouraged by musical engagement. It is hard to overstate the value of music to your child’s development. Whether a baby or high school student, your child’s scholastic achievement can be enhanced by music, especially if it is combined with movement.
The best time to begin is now! Starting your child’s musical development as early as possible yields the greatest potential. Musikgarten is carefully designed to offer a sequential developmental plan, called The Pathway to Musical Literacy. Starting with babies learning to bond while enjoying music and movement, through the exploration stages of toddlers, into the joyful pre-school years, and through to making music at the piano, Musikgarten’s progressive approach builds character as well as competence.
The benefits are proven again and again. Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect for Children, states: “The earlier a child studies music, the more rhythmic integration, movement, and learning about proportions in time-space perception strengthens the young brain. In over 1,000 American communities, early childhood music programs, such as Musikgarten, provide parents and children with exceptional programs for developing mind and body integration. In the elementary years, playing an instrument and reading music assists in the overall development of speech and movement, as well as language and math perception. Music is magical because it reaches multiple levels of neuro-stimulation simultaneously.”
Even if your child is older, it is never too late to start experiencing the power of music. The original Mozart Effect study, published in the journal Nature, looked at the power of music to help with memory and spatial reasoning in college students!
So in this back-to-school season don’t neglect the good breakfast, the family time, and the tutoring or sports, but make room for music too. Don’t wait for a better time – the time is now!