Many parents do not think about their children’s social and emotional skills and how they can help strenghten and develop those. In future posts I will talk about these skills and what can parents do to help their children in that area. However, today we talk about how Music benefits social-emotional skills!
1. Music helps improve self-esteem. Songs are meant to be sung many, many, many (did I mention many?) times. Repetition helps the child to predict what’s going to happen and this helps with self-esteem. Anxiety is decreased because they know what comes next. Think about it, they don’t know much about the world so they become anxious about everything it’s happening because everything is new! Singing songs they like helps improve their self-confidence. Plus, when we sing, we probably move and dance and as a parent/caregiver you will celebrate their movement and how wonderful their dancing is by clapping and smiling…that helps with their confidence as well!
2. Music helps with curiosity. When children explore with one or a variety of instruments, this helps them satisfy their curiosity. How does this work? What kind of noise does it make? Does it bounce, wiggle or shake?
3. Music helps make friends. When they sing, dance or play instruments they interact with other children. Music is mostly a social activity! Kids love to dance and sing with their friends and show-off their skills. Singing and dancing together helps children bond with their friends, because now they do things that they enjoy together, isn’t that how we choose our friends? I certainly do!
4. Music helps with self-control. When they share instruments, share the dancing space or sing a song together, they are developing self-control. They practice self-control when sharin, taking turns, planning their actions, paying attention and moving at the rhythm of the music.
5. Music helps to relate with other people. Nobody can be grumpy when singing or dancing! Music helps us to be kind and respectful because we are singing together and making music together; it’s a group experience! Also, music helps expressing their feelings. You can sing when you are happy, sad or to celebrate other people’s birthdays and accomplishments! Children learn how to relate with other people through music and in this cooperation they learn to resolve problems with others.
Here I shared just a few of the benefits. Can you think of other examples of how music helps with social-emotional skills? Share with us!