There is magic in music. Music has the power to do so many things like influence our emotions.
Music can not only provoke emotion but can also help us to express our emotions. When we’re happy, we may want to sing at the top of our lungs. When we’re sad, we may want to hear music that soothes us. We all know this is true for adults, and children are no different.
Music also has an impact on them as it can provoke emotion and help them to express it. It can also teach them emotional skills. At our Porter Square Rock and Roll Daycare center, and throughout our other franchises, we strive to help children create a bond with music they are hearing and playing. It is our goal that it will help them express their emotions and teach them about emotional skills.
Let’s explore these topics and enjoy the music around us!
How Music Can Help Children Express Emotions
As children interact with different music, it can help them get in touch with what they are feeling at the time. If they are playing music, it can be a way for them to express their emotions in whatever tune they choose. Happy feelings will emote bright and cheerful tunes while sadness will bring music that is more low-key.
Music allows children to hear sounds and rhythms as well as what certain emotions sound like. By recognizing emotions through music, children can further develop their emotional intelligence.
Music can also provide a break and allow children to take a break from any anxieties. They can enjoy the sounds they are both hearing and making. Music is also a tool of creative self-expression which can help children feel better about themselves. These self-esteem boosts can help them better deal with their emotions because they have positive thoughts.
It’s also important to look at the connection between music and social skills. When children share and make music with others, they are also learning social skills. They can develop a sense of empathy as well which helps them interact with others.
Music can serve as an outlet for emotions. Sometimes children have trouble expressing themselves in words. By singing or playing instruments, they can let out whatever they are feeling. Children can unleash their creativity and be inspired and uplifted through music. It can relax even the youngest of music lovers. The effects of music are endless and have no age requirements.
How Music Sparks Different Emotions
It doesn’t matter what age we are, the music we hear can make us feel different ways. Different kinds of music can spark different emotions. Fast music can make us feel energetic while slower rhythms can provoke a calmer feeling. Music can also make us feel scared and tense depending on the beats. Children pick up on these beats which impacts their emotions as well.
How Music Can Teach Emotional Skills
Research has shown that a child’s socio-emotional development may benefit from a music program. One study found that engaging children aged 4 and 5 in a music program can increase their comprehension of emotions. An increase in social interaction in younger students was also reported.
Music can help children manage their emotions. It can not only serve as an outlet as we mentioned above but also teach kids what emotion is expressed through a certain kind of music. The lyrics to music can serve as a teaching tool to help children understand the emotions that are related to certain situations.
Don’t forget about musical games. They can also help children learn about emotions in a healthy way. They can learn about fear and safety in the simplest of lyrics. Even the old favorite, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Went to bed, bumped his head, didn’t get up in the morning” can be a teaching tool when it comes to emotions. Finding these little teaching moments in music can be helpful in a child’s development.
Bring Music Into Your Home
Our Rock and Roll Daycare center in Porter Square is always using music in our lessons. But, it’s also important to have music in the home. By playing music for your children, you can also help them work through their emotions and see how they react. They can use what they’re learning at our centers and use it at home. It takes a village to raise a child and if that village can be a musical one, all the better!