How Preschool Music Classes Improve Language Development
When children attend our one-of-a-kind “ABC Music & Me!” Preschool Music Classes, they develop a solid musical foundation in a fun, interactive environment. But did you know that enrolling your child in music lessons can also help improve their language skills? It’s true! It might not seem obvious at first glance, but language and music development are closely related.
Have you ever noticed how when adults speak to infants, we tend to use rhythm and melody? It turns out there’s a scientific term for this – Infant Directed speech – as well as a scientific reason. The short version of it is that even before birth, babies have a strong sensitivity to musical sounds, and show a preference for musical “baby talk”. Infant Directed speech results in sound patterns which are easier for babies to recognize and eventually begin to mimic and interpret. But the music-language connection doesn’t end there.
According to a 2019 study by researchers at Middlesex University London’s Music Cognition & Communication Lab, there’s ample evidence of a strong link between musical ability and linguistic development in preschool aged children. They observed that children’s understandings of rhythm and melody directly contribute to their ability to grasp phonics and grammar! Because of this, preschool music learners are better able to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
The benefits happen quickly, too: another study provided a group of children 3 weeks of music lessons. 90% of them showed noticeable improvements in verbal intelligence and executive function skills. They also showed an average 20% improvement in vocabulary testing.
This synergy between music and language shows how valuable an experience it is for preschoolers to sing, dance, and play. At Myriad, our preschool music programs will help your child to begin a process of lifelong learning and maximizing their potential.