It's always great when we hear from our past clients, especially our brides and grooms who have a particular love for music and the arts and now have children of their own. Inevitably they mention how much their children love and appreciate music, too. Music and art appreciation is important. We encourage all new parents to expose their children to music at an early age and enroll them in lessons as soon as they show the ability to receive instruction. We know music lessons and music-art education makes for smarter, well-rounded children. Research proves it helps with learning in language development and mathematics. At Moon River, we are always researching new, cutting edge developments surrounding music. Not only for business and performance reasons, but also for the thrill of learning and a better understanding how the mind works in conjunction with music to help us make our world a better place.
Here's how YOU can help your kids explore music more fully:
- Play your favorite music instead of watching TV
- Listen to diverse styles and genres of music; classical, jazz, instrumental, reggae and more
- Take up an instrument yourself if you don't already play one
- If you do play, do so in front of your children (and let them see you having fun)
- Sing to your children and encourage them to sing back
- Place musical instruments around the house (an inexpensive drum, guitar or keyboard)
- Expose them to live performances while they are young
Also, here's an informative article we recently discovered at PBS Parent by Laura Lewis Brown that we thought you'd enjoy on just how music helps childhood development. Bonus link: PLOS Clinical Study on effectiveness of music education for the improvement of reading skills and academic achievement among children (eight to 10 years of age) with reading difficulties.