The gift of Music is perfect for children of all ages; instruments, CDs, your child’s first guitar, lessons and yes mom, maybe even drums! Music makes everything more fun including cleaning your room and shooting hoops in the driveway. It is soothing for the soul and awesome for brain development. It even replaces the distraction of video gaming for some kids as it triggers a different area of the brain. Play it often in your home and make music a part of your child’s (and your) daily routine.
Here are a few reasons why music rocks:
- Mental advantage. Yes, it makes them smarter. Music stimulates the part of the brain related to reading, math and emotional development. Do the research, many studies indicate that music education at an early age stimulates and strengthens brain pathways for verbal and visual skills. Start young!
- Improved memory. Certain brain patterns grow memory connections that are strengthened with exposure to music. Pretty soon he will be finding his own ‘other shoe!’
- Develops confidence and patience. Learning a hard music piece is thrilling! The sense of accomplishment after much practice is very powerful in building confidence for other areas of life as well. You can’t skim over or fake a piano recital, you get exactly what you put into it. Discipline is not a natural trait nor is it easy to learn; music is a fun way to learn it.
- It is relaxing and satisfies the need to unwind. Much better than stimulating screens, music provides a very strong balanced experience of creativity, calm and connection. It also makes us happy and is good for our health! Playing and creating music with another person or in a group moves it to the top of the list for rich social experiences.
Dig out your favorite Christmas music and and have it playing when the kids get home today! Put the theme from the Grinch and the Chipmunks in the mix with the Messiah and other classical favorites. Just a slight warning: music leads to dancing and singing in the kitchen and other fun family memories! (Even for the big kiddos who act like they don’t like it!)
Music gift ideas: a new musical instrument, guitar, drums (maybe!), music lessons, encouragement to start a garage band! MP3 player, iPod (Nano does not allow Apps), music/alarm clocks, music gift cards, small portable speakers for room and to take outside. Headphones (with cute cases for girls), and sturdy headphones for boys to wear while shooting hoops!
Don’t underestimate the power and peace music can bring to your home, Mom, you have the ability to open this fabulous door for your family, set the mood and get them on track for a lifetime of music appreciation and enjoyment!
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