Nope, it’s not everybody’s favourite zombie movie, it’s a bit of insight into why you should stop scrolling and give yourself 2 minutes to read this. It could change your child’s life.
When we hear psychologists and neurologists discuss making new pathways for thinking (after the age of seven), they are talking about rewiring existing networks in our brains. Our brains are constantly changing. Through the practice of activities, we reinforce our brain’s growth directions.
What does this have to do with music?
Well, musically trained brains look and function differently compared to non musically trained brains.
In fact, musically trained brains are significantly more interconnected, work faster, are more adaptive and work more effectively than non-musical brains. When musicians brains are watched thinking about music through neuroimaging machine (like an MRI) it looks like fireworks. The processing of music changes the way brains grow, for the better!
But what about brains in children less than seven years old?
Research in this field is being conducted all the time, but from what we currently know about brain development in young children is that the brain sends out masses of growth from birth to two years and then the growth slows down and pretty much stops at age seven.
As the growth slows the brain prunes away growth that has not been nurtured and strengthens growth that has. This is critical information for any parent or educator who wants to do the best by their child’s brain.
To nurture the positive growth the child needs to be immersed in an environment where brain health, play, exploration, risk-taking and creativity are cherished. Where they matter. Where their voice matters.
For this reason, music education should begin from birth!
No, we don’t think babies should be gifted violins in utero, but we do think that they should be adoringly swayed in the arms of grown-ups that love them. That they should be sung to every single day. That they should be equipped to use music through their everyday play. That the adults that love them should be well informed and have access to support to safely use their voices and be their child’s best music teacher.
Brain building musical benefits are not just for someone else,
they are for everyone and should be accessible from birth.
Know what’s better than rewiring brains? Helping to shape brains that are set to be well integrated from the beginning. You have that power.
– Julie Murray
Head Music Maker at Sounds Like This
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