All children process information differently and each has their own unique learning needs. Some even have learning challenges that affect them physically, cognitively, emotionally, or behaviorally. Researchers are finding that music offers the foundational groundwork for countless learning solutions.
Music has a unique effect on the brain, which makes it highly effective for increasing cognitive development and overcoming many physical, social, and mental difficulties.
Music instruction combines all three learning behaviors: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Because of this, children are actively engaged throughout the learning process. This type of comprehensive interaction can yield amazing results.
Holding the instrument in the proper position provides a hands-on activity. And when a motion, such as plucking a string combined with specific finger placement, is reinforced through the sound produced and the written music, you get a combination that reaches kids with ADD and ADHD.
MUSIC PROVIDES STRUCTURE.
The inherent structure of music provides a strong sense of internal order, sequence, and categorization. Music has a clear beginning, middle, and end. This type of clear structure is soothing to an ADHD brain struggling to regulate itself to stay on a linear path.
Engaging more than one neural pathway through a variety of sensory channels allows students to overcome learning hurdles. When your child makes his or her first notes on an instrument, the sheer excitement, confidence, and confirmation of success goes a long way toward building the self-esteem needed for life-long pursuits.
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