What inspires children to learn music

Early musical education

“Without music, life would be a mistake” Friedrich Nietzsche

In all cultures people dance and sing to different sounds. And music triggers something in everyone - be it positive emotions or memories. She also helps a lot of people process things.

Music also plays an important role in developmental psychology for children. Even babies react to tones, sounds and music and one thing is certain: Babies are born with a musical potential. Mothers-to-be often put a music box on their stomach so that the child can react to the calm and pleasant sounds.

Before children can even speak, they usually already sing and dance to music in their very own way. They move rhythmically and give their first own creative attempts at singing. The extent to which this potential develops after birth and in the first few years of life depends heavily on the funding. It is therefore crucial to encourage children from an early age, to accompany them in their upbringing with music and to inspire them for music in the long term. Early musical education is therefore an important area of ​​education, not only for the musical but also for the linguistic and motoric development of children.

In our guide we have compiled everything you need to know about early musical education. We also specifically address the musical language support for children, which is part of early childhood education.

What is meant by early musical education?

Music is already being made in crawling groups and kindergartens. Songs are sung, clapped, danced, moved. This is where the early musical education starts with older kids and enables them to physically build a foundation through movement, singing and playing, possibly also for later learning to play an instrument. Through various offers, for example from music schools or clubs, children can be encouraged with music. Here, songs are sung, instruments are tried out and, above all, the musical experience is strengthened through movement. But early musical education is not only important for the musical development of a child, because music also plays a major role in the other development of a child.

What are the effects of music?

Early musical education promotes children's musicality and has positive effects on various areas of development. It gives children the opportunity to playfully promote and expand the various areas of development. In addition to musicality, this includes language, motor skills, creativity and social skills. Furthermore, the development of the personality, the concentration and perception of the senses are expanded and strengthened.

The children's motor skills are trained not only with special motor skills toys, but also through early musical education. That this is particularly important can already be seen in the first months of life, when children discover the world through feeling and touching. The rhythmic movements through various exercises in early musical education significantly support motor skills. Up to the age of approx. 5 years, musical, linguistic and motor development are inextricably linked.

Practice early - early musical education can promote the development of the offspring in a variety of ways.

It is also observed that the social skills of children are promoted through music. This happens because children learn to play, sing and move together in small groups. On the one hand, they have to fit into a group and respond to one another and, on the other hand, experience security in the protection of the group. Listening closely and experiencing things together in a group also promote social skills and personal development.

At the same time, however, the children's language development is promoted, as language and movement are very closely linked in the brain. In the second part of the guide, especially about musical language support, we dealt with this in more detail. Because music can especially help children with a speech development delay.

From what age does an early musical education make sense?

Early musical education is ideal for children aged 1-6. It should introduce children to the world of sound and enable them to come into contact with musical instruments. Early musical education is a particularly good way of preparing for learning to play a musical instrument. Children are divided into groups and learn to make music together, develop their social skills and may be enthusiastic about music in the long term.

What does a course in early musical education look like and what offers are there?

Of course there is no such thing as one course. Depending on the music school or club, early musical education is offered in different courses and areas. In general, however, an attempt is made to combine play, music and creativity so that an all-encompassing development can be made possible.

The focus of all offers is on the physical and sensual experience. Therefore, many courses are offered that focus on movement to music. For example, songs are sung that are illustrated with movements that match the texts.

For the youngest there are special parent-child courses, which are offered for children from 12 months. Here people sing, speak rhythmically, practice finger games and knee-jerk verses and offer a holistic getting to know the music with movement. This is playfully supported with the help of bells, rattle instruments or drums as well as towels and balls.

For children who would like to learn an instrument later on, many music schools offer early instrumental support, in which children from 3 years (depending on the offer) can get to know and try out the various instruments in small groups. You get to know the different sounds and can find out which instrument suits you best.

When it comes to early musical education, kids can choose between various child-friendly instruments

The courses are also a good help for parents, who are given suggestions here that they can imitate and try out with the kids at home.

You can find offers for your children in music schools, for example. It is best to inquire on site and let us advise you which offer is best for your child.

So it is not the first priority that the children learn to read notes or play an instrument in the courses, rather it is about building a musical understanding, gaining experience and being able to get excited about music. It is important not to force children to attend a course or learn an instrument. The children have to feel comfortable, this is the only way to achieve a positive effect with early musical education.

Since there are many parallels to musical development in language acquisition, music can be used to achieve a positive learning effect. Therefore, additional musical language support is recommended for children with language problems. That is why we are specifically addressing the musical language promotion in our guide on the topic of early musical education.