Self- expression and self- confidence are encouraged among children through music, which is both art and science. It offers a means of expression that speech does not. Music forms a part of an individual’s self identity and has the potential to foster a sense of achievement and self worth, and the ability to work confidently from within, and cooperatively with others.
Shared performance builds teamwork, collaboration and participation in action. Children learn to cooperate with others to reach a common goal together, through creative playing, rehearsal and performance through music. They develop an awareness of different harmonious components within themselves and the cohesive roles and contributions of different members of their group towards a common goal.
Workshop at “Umeed” Home for boys, “Dil Se” Campaign, Mehrauli, July 2010; Photo by: Shiv Ahuja
This process is essential in all children, especially those who are considered ‘children- at risk’ and are deprived of such opportunities.
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Recent research emphasizes the benefits of learning music for young children.
1) Music aids the development of speech and enhances acquisition of language, mathematics and social skills.
3) Learning about music in a range of styles, genres and traditions can help children develop enquiring minds and learn to process information, reason, to question and evaluate.
4) Music provides a space for children to be creative and to experiment and develop their independence, confidence and self-esteem.
5) Shared performance builds teamwork, collaboration and participation skills. Children learn to cooperate with others to reach a common goal through playing, rehearsing and performing music. They develop an awareness of different musical parts and the roles and contributions of different members of a group.
6) The key concept of cultural understanding and learning promotes a child’s awareness of national and global cultures.
7) Group music making develops children’s ability to work cooperatively and take account of the contribution of others.
Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development, fostering personal development and maturity. Through studying and interacting with music, children develop an aesthetic and cultural sensitivity.
Why Music Education? The National Association for Music Education (MENC)
Child Development Chart: Musical Development, BBC