Children are first exposed to basic math concepts through music. Through beat, rhythm and melody, children learn about counting, sequencing and matching. Here are three musical elements that relate to math and some suggested activity ideas to try at home.
Author: Eugene Geist
Source: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Estimated time to read: 05:35
Children benefit from music lessons in several ways. But according to Harvard researchers improvement in intelligence is not of one the benefits.
Author: Peter Reuell
Source: The Harvard Gazette, Harvard University
Estimated time to read: 05:48
Time to watch: 03:25
Read Dr. Laurel Trainor’s interview about how babies respond to music even before they can talk. She also discusses the “Emotional baby” video clip, where an infant smiles tearfully while her mother sings a bittersweet song.
Dr Trainor is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) at McMaster University.
Learn about what research says about parent-infant classes like baby sign language, music and infant massage.
Learn about musical activities that support early communication and language development. This article also includes a video clip that demonstrates how a mother engages with her baby effectively through the singing games.