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Sunday, April 5, 2015

How Music Influences Children's Learning (OMG)

Music is something that we sometimes take for granted. Sometimes we may not even be aware that we hear music. Music is good for us and is a vital part of our well-being. I love music and have learned to appreciate different forms of music.

Music in school

Babies in the Womb

I recall when my twin grand babies were born; they were in the hospital for about a week. I realized and new then that children learn through music. During that time I recall visiting them daily and talking and singing to them as well. Also, before the babies were born, my daughter would mention that whenever I was around her and started talking the babies would start kicking and moving. So I decided to make a tape that she could play for them while they were in the womb.

In fact, babies come here with natural rhythm. It is internally made within them. Have you watched when a baby moves to music. You will be able to see the enjoyment in their face and in their movement as well.

Music in the Schools

I have observed in the schools that many children are learning days of the weeks, months, and years by singing the information to jingles that they are able to remember. Singing makes it just so much easier, because it comes naturally and it does not feel as though they are learning even though they really are. I have also observed this in several musical programs that the children are singing about things that they can relate to such as “Yes Jesus Loves Me, Row row row your boat,  and my favorite, He Lives." "He lives" is one of the first songs that I learned in Sunday School.   They are also singing about colors, mathematical equations, and much more. 


My Family

My nephew started playing the drums at age 3. He then eventually played the piano and the organ.I am so proud of him.

Music and the Brain

According to Diana Lam at Wbur's CommonHealth Reform and Reality music addresses behaviors and skills necessary for academic success. I agree.

When I watched the movie, "Gifted Hands" with Cuba Gooding Jr., this was a great display of how music can be used. This movie was based on the life of Ben Carson. The surgeon and his patient's would listen to classical music while he operated on them.   

Classical Music

Although people may have various types of music they prefer to listen to, classical music has a distinct effect on the brain according to classical It is further stated that it affects the brains organization abilities for the good, and the brain receives the "fill-good feeling" after serotonin is released in the body. This occurs when listening to classical musical. Also, the rhythm of music can counteract the development of clinical depression. So I can clearly understand why children love music and are able to learn so quickly with music.

Music in the Bible

Ezekiel 28:13

Speaks about when Lucifer was created by God. Lucifer was an angel beautifully adorned with precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires and supposedly had pipes within his body, supposedly his lungs. It is said by some that when he sang the music sounded like beautiful flutes from a pipe organ.

I discovered that I do like listening to a variety of music including classical music, country music, as well as gospel. What types of music do you like to listen to? What music do your children like to listen to?

Music Binds

Did you know that a primary function of music is to bind people together? Did you know that music is powerful than any drug? I also, recall one of our musicians at out church would lead the congregation singing a song called “Bind us together Lord.” The song goes on to say “bind us with cords that cannot be broken.” The great thing about this song is that it does bind us together. Can you recall when you have seen music bind people together?

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  1. My daughter's grew up with music in their lives - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  2. Interesting post! I think music is very important for many reasons. And learning is absolutly on of them. Thank you for sharing!
    Charlotte @My Green Nook

  3. Thank you for sharing at Good morning Mondays. Blessings

  4. I agree Charlotte. You are very welcome.

  5. My youngest daughter sings everything that she learns and I love it! I don't recall music being a big part of my education (except for music class). I think I would have retained more information if it had been set to music! Thanks for sharing with Waiting on...Wednesday at While I'm Waiting!

  6. Holly I remember taking music in elementary. Then choir in mid and high school. I always loved it.

  7. I have read about and witnessed the impact of classical music and music education on learning and intelligence! Thank you so much for sharing "How Music Influences Children's Learning" on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing!

  8. Music is very important. It is something we tend to overlook sometimes. Listening to the classics when the children are small is so easy and has so many benefits. Learning music theory and how to sing enriches our lives.

  9. When I was pregnant my son would always bounce around inside me when I listened to music and now as a crazy 2 year old he loves to dance! #twinklytuesdays

  10. My girls have made up songs for each of their times tables! I wrote a paper in college on the use of music throughout Dante's Divine Comedy. I loved doing the research for that paper!

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    1. That is awesome Sadia. Your girls sound quite creative.

  11. I totally agree that music aids learning. Proof of that is the fact that I can recall the lyrics to all the 80s songs of my youth!! Yet I can't tell you any important historical dates! If they's have taught those things through 'song' I bet I'd be able to remember them now! :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

    Caro |

  12. Music is certainly a powerful force - I love that it's so diverse too. It has the power to keep me sitting in my car for a minute or 2 outside my home to hear the end of a song. It takes me back to various stages of my life evoking so many different memories. A great, thought-provoking post :) #twinklytuesday