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ten ways music can benefit your toddler

They say that music soothes the soul. Regardless of your background or where you are from, music is something everyone can enjoy and understand - it is a universal language.

For toddlers, music has many benefits. Here are 10 ways music can benefit your toddler:

1. Music boosts brain power

Studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement with children who are exposed to music. It stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, mathematics and emotional development.

2. Music improves memory

Music participation as a toddler can help improve a child's learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development.

3. Music helps them socially

Picking up an instrument or singing along to a song can also help your toddler break out of their social shell. Music teaches children how to relate to others, work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together. Music can also support the development of leadership skills and discipline.

4. Music is a confidence builder

Toddlers learn that they can develop a skill by themselves and improve that skill with practice.

5. Music teaches patience

We live in a world of instant gratification but real life demands patience. When you are playing music in a group, you have to wait for your turn to play based on the way the piece is arranged or composed. Playing music in a group also requires patience with yourself and others while you are all mastering your parts.

6. Music helps them connect

Music makes people more alive and connected with one another. It is also a more positive way to train your toddler to unwind and connect with their own feelings.

7. Music encourages an attitude of lifelong learning

The saying, “Practice makes perfect” is not quite accurate. The fact is that practice makes you better but perfection is not possible. There are always ways to improve as a musician and music encourages a lifelong learning attitude.

8. Music is a great form of expression

The arts, particularly music, is a positive way for toddlers to express themselves. It allows them to express emotions when they may not have the words in their vocabulary to use.

9. Music teaches discipline

"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The answer? "Practise, practise, practise." To improve in music you have to not only do well in class, but devote time to practising outside of lessons too which requires discipline.

10. Music fosters creativity

Music activities, particularly improvisation and composition, are creative pursuits. Creativity is a necessary trait for future innovators, inventers and problem solvers. Not only is creativity good for the mind, body and soul but it will teach your toddler to think outside the box to find solutions to problems.

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