Reading, writing, and math – they’re all important! However, art and music are equally important for the development of your child. Music education is not only enjoyable, but it can also enrich the education and lives of students. Although no music education class is offered as part of the Montessori curriculum, music is integrated into the learning environment in many ways to ensure children enjoy the benefits music brings to their education.
The Benefits of Music in Education
Why is music in education so important for your child? Here’s a look at some of the ways music can help children excel in the classroom and later in life.
- Benefit #1 – Music Supports Learning – Adding music to the classroom supports learning, enhancing skills kids are already using in other areas. Multiple skill sets are tapped in music, and music learning supports learning other subjects.
- Benefit #2 – Makes Memorization Easier – Music has the ability to make memorization easier for children.
- Benefit #3 – Keeps Kids Engaged – Adding enjoyable music to the classroom can help keep kids engaged. They are more likely to stay interested in what they are learning when music is involved.
- Benefit #4 – Builds Curiosity and Imagination – When music is introduced in the early childhood years, it can help build curiosity and imagination in children. Intellectual curiosity offers big benefits as kids continue learning.
- Benefit #5 – Increased IQ – Studies show that music can actually increase IQ in children.
Music Education within the Montessori Classroom
Within the Montessori classroom, kids aren’t confined to a music class a couple hours each week. Instead, music education is integrated into the classroom, adding music activities into daily life in the classroom along with other forms of learning. Music isn’t taught – it’s an integral activity within the classroom. Kids may sing nursery rhymes, clap and sing rhythms, or use percussion instruments to highlight rhythms. Songs and dances may be introduced to children as they learn about different cultural areas. Kids may also do work with bells in the classroom, learning more about writing and reading music. Music may be used along with math to help kids better retain information.
The important thing to note is that all this music education takes place within the Montessori classroom – it doesn’t take place in a separate music class. This helps children learn that music is for everyone, not just a few musically gifted people. Kids will have the chance to sing, train their ears, and even learn how to write and read music.
Learn more about music in the classroom and other aspects of learning in the Montessori classroom by visiting our school for a tour today.