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5 Reasons Why Kids & Their Families Need Music & Play in Their Lives, Like the Air We Breath!

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Most kids are exposed to music every day, whether its playing in car, or on a TV show, on a Youtube video or if they are lucky perhaps in a well designed playful Honey Child Music Class. But why is it so important? Kids music specialist, Kids Music Composer, Director, Educator and Movement Specialist for Kids and Seniors, offers 5 five reasons why everyone should have music in their lives. By Sherri Ehrlich 1. Music brings us together Music creates social connections, it speaks to our hearts and makes us laugh or cry,it soothes us when words may fail, and it is the universal language of the world, somehow we humans including kids get it, it is understood! It moves us makes us dance,It is truely a giftfrom the universe and its power to connect people is without question. It is the art form with human interaction at its core. Weather we are very young, very old, or really at any age we can communicate, create, connect and celebrate through sound and music. Even for those who have physical, mental or cognitive disabilities, regardless of any lack of verbal communication, we can still relate to the innate musical nature in all human beings. Music brings people and kids together through the instruments they play, through dancing to the music or through having a shared interest in a different styles of music. We all move our bodied to the beat of a drum or have witnessed the power of a baby being soothes by it's Mother's voice. 2. Music improves your sence of health and wellbeing Music stimulates the brain which in turn helps with pain relief, releasing stress reducing endorphins, it helps to improve memory and is a great tool for learning many new things, icluding language, math, science and more! A study from Harvard has shown that relaxing music may lower blood pressure and heart rate after physical exertion. It can also improve mood and reduce anxiety and through bringing people together, can be an antidote to loneliness and social isolation. Working now for several years with seniors I’ve seen first-hand the effect music can have on people with dementia, allowing them to communicate with loved ones, feel joy, remember, dance and experience connection to their old selves when all other communication is lost. 3. Music can improve confidence and resilience In a digital age where many services and products are instantly available with the click of a button, learning a musical instrument provides a platform for people to achieve through discipline and perseverance. There are many skills required in order to learn how to play a musical instrument: technique; expression; listening; and as you continue to perfect these skills, you build resilience. These are not only skills required to learn music but important life skills that can also be used in employment and your wider social life. 4. Music is a fun , playful, enjoyable, creative outlet It provides an opportunity for children and their families from all social and cultural backgrounds to express themselves. Whether it’s to convey a simple message, an emotion or just for pleasure, musicians have used sound and music since the dawn of primitive man as a way of expressing themselves and getting their voices heard. 5. Music is fun! The joy you can get from music will help lift your spirits and those of everybody else involved. Whether it’s learning your favourite tune, playing drums or a good old sing-a-long with your friends, music brings fun, playfulness, and a sense of vital connection!

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