Many parents dream of having their sons and daughters grow to be a breakthrough scientist, astronaut, engineer, highly sought after architect, or renowned doctor. While the saying, “Better to start them young” does apply to a lot of essential life skills and activities that hone young children’s aptitudes and interests, focusing too much on toy chemistry sets, Legos and toy circuit boards may be a bit much for your preschooler. If we really want children to be reared and strive for success, parents and preschool curriculums should not forget the importance of exposing young children to art and music.
Allowing children to immerse themselves in a preschool program or after school care program that incorporates art and music in their lessons has demonstrated impressive benefits in child development and eventual school age abilities. According to a study by Americans for the Arts, youth that regularly engage in creative learning through art and music for at least 3 hours a day, for 3 days a week, for a whole year were 4 times more likely to receive recognition for excelling in their academics, participating in a math and science fair, or submitting an essay or poem. They were also 3 times more likely to be recognized for exemplary school attendance, and get elected as a class officer.
Children can grow in many ways through immersion in art and music, and reap these benefits for the rest of their journey through life and alongside peers and loved ones. Some of the skills children develop from dabbling in art and music early on include:
- Non-verbal communication
Anyone who ever made a mark in history had the gall and capacity to think outside the box. If you want your child to be a true problem solver, creativity is a must.
Many children, despite seeming like the shy type, just need an appropriate venue and the right amount of coaxing to get out of their shell. Exposing them to performance arts helps them minimize their fear of having an audience and helps them realize that they can have a strong presence.
Because art and music can be quite subjective, especially in young children, when technique is not imposed, children take it upon themselves to see what else they can do better or change in order to produce better output.
Creative learning for children often involves working in a group, especially for performing arts.
What adults forget to realize is that children also perceive stress and can be affected by what they see or hear. Art and music is an indispensable form of therapy for them.