I recently saw a short video on Facebook of Dr Anita Collins reading an excerpt from her new book, The Music Advantage. After listening to her read a paragraph or two about the role music learning plays in teaching children the perseverance to not give up on things as soon as they get hard (which is a whole other blog post in its own right!), I knew I had to get my hands on this book.
Dr Anita Collins is (according to her website) “an award-winning educator, researcher and author in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally
recognized for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.” Her book The Music Advantage: How learning music helps your child’s brain and wellbeing aims to explain neuroscience relating to music learning in a way that’s accessible to the average teacher, student or parent, and it does a remarkable job of doing so. I highly recommend it, so if this blog post interests you I do urge you to try and buy or borrow a copy of the book for a more in depth explanation.
In the early chapters, it becomes very clear that music plays a fundamental role in the way that babies’ and toddlers’ brains development. One chapter that interested me a lot was the chapter on ‘School Readiness’. Every parent wants to send their child to school primed to excel and succeed, as well as ready to develop their curiosity and a love of learning. Dr Collins examines how music learning in the pre-school years might help children in their transition into ‘big school’.
Here are a few of my favourite reasons for children to learn music before they start school: