In previous posts we saw what kind of benefits music brings to children, improving their intellectual, auditory, sensory, speech and motor development. All essential aspects in the development and learning of children.
In this post we are going to go a little further to discover how music influences children’s brains.
The brain’s response to music
We listen to music at home, in the car, at work, when we go out… music is an element that accompanies us in all facets of our lives. It is an art that makes us enjoy, stimulates, provokes all kinds of sensations. This, which is quite natural to us, is produced through complex neural mechanisms.
In studying the brain’s response to music, it has been observed that the key areas involved are those of movement control and execution.
Music releases dopamine in the brain, as do food, sex and drugs. Both listening to and making music stimulates connections in a wide range of brain regions normally involved in emotion, reward, cognition, sensation and movement.
Music in the area of health
It has also been found that music helps patients with brain disorders to recover language and motor skills, as it activates almost all regions of the brain. Music therapy, through the clinical use of music, seeks to activate physiological and emotional processes that stimulate impaired or impaired functions.
How does it affect our children?
The neurons that are stimulated through music allow them to develop and not be lost, causing a greater ability to learn new things and develop new talents.
In the same way, music is stored in our brain, which compares some melodies with others. Children can remember the music they hear as early as three months of age. Also, if they do a task while listening to music, when they listen to it again, they will remember the task and it will be easier for them to play it again.
When children hear a wide variety of complex sounds, it will later help them to discern language as well.
Emotions and moods are directly linked to music. Soft music calms them, while creative music helps stimulate them.
Emotion, expression, social skills, theory of mind, linguistic and mathematical skills, visuospatial and motor skills, attention, memory, executive functions, decision making, autonomy, creativity, emotional and cognitive flexibility…the impact of music has no limits.