Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, and children should be taught music before anything else…I would teach the children music, physics and philosophy, but the most important is music, for in the patterns of the arts are the keys to all learning.
—The Republic by Plato, Book III (398-403).
Music education is an extremely important part of child development, and exposure to music can start even in the womb. Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, making it valuable to all areas of the growing mind. Music affects the growth of a child’s mind intellectually, emotionally and physically. Music education in early childhood has also been shown to lead to success in adult life.
Music participation provides an opportunity to prepare young children for literacy. Whether by singing, playing an instrument or simply listening, teachers can direct students to listen and hear in ways that exercise their auditory discrimination. When children learn to play simple instruments, it introduces them to sequential learning which is key for proper reading comprehension. Sequential learners tend to gain understanding of linear steps, which helps them develop a logical brain.
Our guest in this video is Jackie Harris, executive director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and a life-long advocate and supporter of music education for children. Jackie talks about the importance and benefits of music education for kids.