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Listening to music with kids is precious. Here’s why.

Oct. 5, 2020 - 3 minute read

Working on your relationship with your kids can be as simple as putting your favourite song playing in the car while you drive back home. Singing, dancing, and playing music is huge! According to a study* from the Journal of Family Communication, parents who listen to music with their kids create deeper bonds with them.

While listening to music, kids will explore and make discoveries about themselves and the world. They end up enlarging their vocabulary and developing pre-reading skills. Music also helps them cultivate social and emotional skills. Read on to learn a little bit more about music and kids!

  1. Music makes us happy

    Many studies* show that when we listen to music we love our brain releases dopamine, the “feel-good” hormone. So, not only you should listen to music yourself when in need of an emotional boost, but also do it daily with your kids. Groove with them. Sing your heart out. And be happy! Don’t forget that life is all about enjoying every little moment.
  2. Music builds intimacy

    Close and deep bonds have a huge impact on children’s lives and their future, and many studies have shown how music can support intimate relationships. Try to engage your kid in musical habits as early as possible. It can be as simple as listening to their favourite songs while driving back home. Or putting on some music while you are at home doing chores. Or just spend some time with your kids singing your lungs out :)
  3. Music will help your kid’s brain development

    Listening to music in a child’s first years of life can have a positive effect on their brain development. Such are the results of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute’s study, especially in matters of reading and language skills. Listening and trying to sing songs with lyrics is an easy and fun way to get your kid to repeat words and sounds. As they do this, they will learn new vocabulary, often without realizing that they are learning.

The positive impact of music on your kid’s and your own life is undoubtful. From cute lullabies, little rhymes, to big radio hits, music will help you create a deeper connection with your child. It will also make your little ones feel happier, laugh, and build amazing memories together. Go and choose some tracks to listen to together! Have the time of your life.

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* Studies and sources used in the article:

  1. Khalfa, S.; Schon, D.; Anton, J.; Liégeois-Chauvel, C. (2005). Brain regions involved in the recognition of happiness and sadness in music, NeuroReport, 16(18);
  2. Sandi D. Wallace & Jake Harwood (2018) Associations Between Shared Musical Engagement and Parent-Child Relational Quality: The Mediating Roles of Interpersonal Coordination and Empathy, Journal of Family Communication, 18:3, 202-216, DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2018.1466783;
  3. https://news.usc.edu/102681/childrens-brains-develop-faster-with-music-training/
  4. Juslin, P. N.; Västfjäll, D. (2008). Emotional responses to music: the need to consider underlying mechanisms. Behav Brain Sci.;31(5), 575-621. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X08005293. PMID: 18826699.