There have been quite a few debates about the benefit of songs in early childhood development. Recent findings have shown that the idea is quite true with several children researches indicating that music has a very good influence on child growth. This has been met with the inclusion of songs in most of the early childhood education models. This move has been substantiated with the relevant positive effects that have been associated with the method.
Form of intelligence
Renowned psychologists such as Howard Gardner of Harvard argued that music is a way of knowing. In some of his talks, he described it as a form of intelligence that was as important as other forms of intelligence such as mathematical, linguistic and spatial intelligence.
Peery and Peery describe the idea of making and being aware of songs as a basic skill of life such as walking and talking. In their opinion, the inclusion of music in early childhood is a basic way of teaching children a skill that is as important to them as talking.
During the development of children in the early ages to about six years. This period is usually known as the ‘music bubble’ stage. In this stage, children don’t really express songs the same way as adults do. At this stage of their lives they are usually rapidly growing and perceive songs differently. With constant exposure to songs and rhythms, children tend to create a certain way of perceiving things in a way they can understand. This process is known as audiation. In this stage, children form a compartment in which they can explain the images they see in song videos and other audio tunes.
As seen in several researches into childhood development, children are very apt when it comes to grasping information about anything around them. As also seen, children tend to grasp a lot from play. As such, it has been seen wise to expose children to instruments so that they can joyfully learn to interact with and eventually learn to play with a lot of ease. Eventually with time children have shown to have the ability to play composed tunes with much more accuracy than adults.
Performance and understanding
The ability to understand tunes is quite different from the ability to perform the tune. As seen earlier, the ability to understand is dependent on audiation, which refers to acquisition and processing of sounds. On the other hand, performance of the tunes is totally dependent on interaction with the relevant instruments. As such, it raises concern on the importance of introducing these instruments to children in their early stages of development so that they can have their full potential tapped.