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The voice is given to a person from the moment he is born as the means of a congenital,
unconditional, protective reflex. Later, the person learns to use the sounds produced
to develop a speaking and then a singing voice. By singing songs or humming tunes,
children have an opportunity to accumulate musical impressions and acoustical experience,
develop an ear for music, and learn to use the natural musical instrument, the voice.
The skilful use of a singing voice is one of the main advantages for the development
of child’s musical abilities. Even simply singing for your own pleasure can bring
a lot of positive moments into your life.
Music and child brain development are closely linked. Singing and music learning
activates the functioning in the left (logic) and right (figurative) hemispheres
of a brain. As a result, the working capacity of the child increases. Singing also
promotes attention and improves the mood.
How can singing positively influence children’s health? How does music and child
health work? Singing actively develops and strengthens the respiratory system, which
is especially important at the early age. It also naturally trains the muscles of
the throat and vocal chords. Because the respiratory system is closely connected
with the cardiovascular system, the child, being engaged in respiratory gymnastics
during singing, thereby strengthens his health. Thus you see how music and child
health are directly connected. Singing also promotes the development of musical abilities
such as hearing, memory, sense of rhythm, and time/tempo.
Many of you have probably heard that singing can cure such speech impediments such
as stuttering. I can confirm this fact with confidence – by using my own music and
child development techniques, I helped one of my daughters eliminate this problem
within two years. The fact is that while singing, words are sounded lingeringly,
which helps the child pronounce separate sounds and syllables more precisely. In
other words, singing is the cure to many language and speech difficulties, such as
stuttering! Well-chosen drills combined with a child’s desire to get rid of an unpleasant
impediment are the keystone to success.
In addition, proper speech characterizes correct thinking. Thus, after eliminating
a stutter, your child’s susceptibility to general studying and learning at public
school will improve due to the resultant emotional liberation, another important
element of music and child development
Children who sing regularly are also very focused. They easily learn foreign languages,
they are more diligent in comparison to other children, and they are able to study
and absorb any training much easier.
Singing in vocal ensemble or choir is also beneficial. This way, children get to
develop additional qualities as musicians. For example, harmonic hearing is a skill
in which a person hears and distinguishes a number of tones that sound simultaneously,
as well as the sense of ensemble. (Ensemble, from the French, means “together.”)
By becoming part of a choir or vocal ensemble, the child starts to understand and
feel his own importance and power. Besides, who would scoff at the ability to have
a beautiful and well-trained voice? Let’s admit it: it would be very pleasant to
talk with such a person – and hopefully, hear him sing!
Let’s talk about music and child health. When music teachers ask parents, “Why do
your children need music education?” they often get a generalized answer like, “My
child studies for himself.” Drawing from my own life experience, I can tell you this
with absolute confidence: the more clearly and more precisely we know what we want,
the quicker and easier we get it.
To understand the advantage of musical education and how music and child development
are related, let’s talk about the music lessons in more detail, beginning with the