What does the research say about using music with your child?

Between birth and 5 years old, a child's brain develops more than at any other time in life.

We can't let this time slip away!


  • A critical period of learning occurs before kids even reach "school age"

  • 90% of a child's brain is developed by age 5

  • Every new experience creates new brain connections (learning)

  • Repeated experiences strengthen these connections

  • Social experiences have a profound effect on brain development and future learning capabilities

  • Healthy loving relationships are foundational for your child's brain development & emotional expression

  • Interactive and emotive experiences have the most impact on a child's development

  • A secure attachment increases the likelihood for improved behavior and increased language learning 

  • Engaging in music significantly increases "brain connections", possibly warding off conditions like ADHD

2016, Silvia Hidalgo-Tobon, Ph.D., Benito De Celis Alonso, Ph.D., Coral Guerrero, and Eduardo Castro Sierra, M.D.; 2014, Moullin, Waldfogel, & Washbrook)

Research confirms music's impact on development & bonding


  • Simple and fun musical activities can have enormous power in developing numeracy and literacy skills

  • Music's positive, emotional, and  relational qualities create a powerful foundation for learning

  • Making informal music at home is linked with prosocial skills, numeracy, and attentional regulation

  • Music training shows long-term enhancement of visual–spatial, verbal, and mathematical performance

  • Emotional engagement with your child creates the foundation for healthy emotional regulation

  • Active musical participation with infants and toddlers impacts social and communication development

  • Rhythmic movement and music making increases altruistic and empathetic behavior towards others


 (2005, Schlaug, Norton, Overy, & Winner;  2012, Gerry, Unrau, & Trainor; 2014, Cirelli, Einarson, & Trainor;2015, Williams, Barretta, Welch, Abada, & Broughton)

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