Making music with young children supports overall brain development and helps develop music and language abilities. Active music invites a child to participate in and respond to the music, rather than passively listen to it.
Children benefit when they hear an adult’s voice live, and are able to observe their facial expressions and movements of the mouth, tongue and breathing. This in-person connection models musical expressions that the child can imitate.
Here are tips to help young children develop their music and language skills.
A child’s response to music will vary depending on their age.
Can you find a few minutes each day to share a musical moment with your child?
— Mary Kelly is a Yellowknife music teacher with a Masters degree in Community Music.