Making music can be more than just a bit of fun with new research showing improved numeracy and social skills as just some of the developmental benefits.
The University of Queensland-led study looked at the learning outcomes of children who participated in shared music programs after two years.
Lead researcher Professor Margaret Barrett said toddler who engaged in music with parents had stronger vocabulary and numeracy skills.
“The study highlights that informal music education in early childhood is a vital tool for supporting cognitive development of children,” Prof Barrett said.
Mother Kristy-Lea Francis and her son, eight month old Lukah, were introduced to the benefits of shared music at the Morningside Boppin Babies class.
Ms Francis said she now used songs as cue for “quiet time” at home.
“He anticipates by repeating songs… it links him to certain behaviours,” she said. “I sing over the baby monitor to him and it really calms him.”
Boppin Babies founder Vicky Abad said strategic use of music could enrich family life.
“All children are innately musical… we really tap into that and make it shine,” she said.
Originally published in South-East Advertiser