Why should we introduce children to classical music? For more than 100 years, research has suggested that it has many positive effects on children’s development. The classical music pathways in our brain are similar to the pathways used for spatial reasoning, for one thing. When we listen to classical music, the spatial pathways are “turned on” and ready to be used. This priming makes it easier to work a puzzle quickly, for example.
Listening to classical music also helps children identify and articulate emotions expressed by that music. It can improve and prompt memory and it promotes good listening skills (which are part of early literacy development). The rhythms of classical music help children learn to keep a beat. Research has found that children’s personal tempo (the ability to feel and express a steady beat) correlates with achievement test scores in first and second grade. And, when we expose children to culture, they acquire a taste for the things in life that will feed their souls. Classical music does just that.
Join us on Tuesday, March 29 from 4-6pm at the Anderson-Clarke Center on the Rice University campus for Making the Classics Rock! Participants in this session will learn how to pair children’s literature with classical music in ways that are emotionally resonant, easily understood, remarkably relevant and fantastically fun! Learn more about this workshop and register on our website: http://literacy.rice.edu/workshops-rice
Guest Authored by Barbara Brandt, St. Luke’s Day School