10 Reasons Why Music Is Important for Your Child

Brian and I are both musicians, so to say that we are passionate about creating a love for music in our home is an understatement! Actually, I’m passionate about creating a love for the arts in general, but today, I’ll stick to music.

You knew I couldn’t have a blog and not put this in somewhere, right?  I’ll get it out there right away so you know where I stand on this topic. :)

In my own very unofficial survey I have realized that many people don’t listen to music in their homes. Classical music has the most research backing it up as to its benefits, but any music is better than none.

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10 reasons why music is important in a child’s life.

1. Music increases a child’s attention span.

Much is still being researched in this area but we do know that music helps kids focus in some way.  Some schools have classical music playing quietly in the background to help students remain on task during seat work.

2. Music helps develop a child’s listening skills.

Children begin to notice differences like loud, quiet, high, low, smooth, detached, happy, sad, and eventually specific instruments. Learning to listen for different things is helpful for a child’s development.

3. Music helps develop a child’s language and math skills.

Research demonstrates that music increases a child’s language and math skills. Children often form words in songs before they can say them in a sentence. Patterns and sequences are more easily detected in music, which will transfer later to valuable math skills.

4. Music stimulates the brain.

Many people score better on exams when they are listening to classical music because of the effect it has on the brain. Those who listen to music usually score better in logic and spatial awareness, which is helpful for, among others, upper level math and engineering.

5. Music relieves stress.

Whether it is to vent or to calm down, music has you covered. And your child too!

6. Music encourages a physical response.

Tapping fingers, playing a drum (or pan!), clapping, jiving, or dancing.  A child responds easily to music.

7. Music encourages an emotional response.

Music can make us happy or sad, and about everything in between. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the next time your child is scared watching a movie, put it on mute and see what happens. More often than not, it is the music, not the image, that gives us the “scary” feeling!

8. Music makes transitions easier.

From cleaning up, to brushing teeth, to washing hands. You name the activity – we’ve made up a song to go with it. Kids transition to a new activity and stay engaged better when they are singing.

9. Music is fun.

Need I say more? Children love music! So let them experience it!

10. Music is for life.

Music calms a newborn, helps an athlete run faster, keeps a surgeon’s hand steady, and puts a smile on an elderly person’s face.

Listening to music and letting your child experience music has lifetime benefits!

So turn on your iPod. Tune into some local classical music stations. Listen to music!

Do you listen to music in your home? What styles? What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in your children? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear!


  1. Elva Farrell says:

    Music does play a big part in our lives. Thank you for your post.

  2. Excuse-moi mais c’est en français… La musique fait danser les tout-petits, ils apprennent à coordonner leurs mouvements et leur stabilité, tout en créant un partage de joie avec leurs parents et les autres.

    • Merci, Solange ! Pas de souci pour le français! Je suis d’accord avec toi ! Merci d’être venue lire mon blog !

  3. Good article: I agree: “any music is better than none” A débattre. Dad

  4. Andrea Cavanaugh says:

    Do you have any album/artist recommendations? I play music in my classroom, and I play a mix of classical and hymns (as well as sometimes sneaking in my soundtracks of Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility :-)). The classical area always feels a bit overwhelming. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Well, you can’t go wrong with Mozart or Bach which are both very good for the brain. I’ll follow up here soon with a post with specific titles. Thanks for the question!

  5. yes, yes, yes!! I had to laugh at #7! Our oldest is a very musically “in-tune” (sorry for the horrible pun!) listener–and is very sensitive to “scary” movies. And even just the soundtracks alone are enough to frighten her! She is also the one who can hear a new song ONCE and be able to hum it perfectly (or make up new words for it) for months to come! She’s definitely her father’s daughter in that area.

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  9. My husband, a symphony conductor, and I created Maestro Classics, a series of classical music with stories. Our hope: that parents and children would listen together, that they would develop listening skills, and that they would have musical memories for a lifetime. Having just completed the 12th CD in the series, we have introduced tens of thousands of young people to classical music and proved that it can be fun.

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    The brain processes speech and sound in the same way, therefore having access to music from a young age supports language development. Learning to play an instrument has an even greater impact on speaking and listening skills. This is because as they learn the skills required to play they are practicing high level listening skills to decipher the different sounds. This is called neurophysiological distinction and it directly impacts on the spoken language as it does musical notes.

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