Why Provide Music Instruction to Children? Part IV: Relaxation

Being a parent is sometimes a stressful job.  One of the best life skills I have is my knowledge of music.  This was particularly handy when my newborn daughter came into the world.  Singing was an instant way to soothe both my daughter and myself.  Without it, I think most days I’d be lost.

To conclude this four-part series on why music instruction is important to children, we’ll explore how music can help teach your child relaxation and self-soothing techniques.

The other topics we have discussed are:

1. Self Discipline and Public Speaking

2. Math Skills

3. Critical Thinking

4. Relaxation

 Relaxation

Have you ever sat next to that person on the plane, train, bus or even in the car that has their headphones plugged in and are blasting their favorite song?  Or maybe you are the culprit.  Well, we know it’s annoying to others, but it’s actually rather enjoyable for the person enjoying the music.

Studies have shown that music can have a relaxing effect on people.  It has positive applications in child labor, post-surgery recovery, reducing overall pain, lowering blood pressure and boosting immunity.  This is mostly due to the tempo of the music that is played, not the genre.  Most people think of classical music as being the best resource for relaxing music.  To get in the mood, you can listen to whatever it is that you like; the tempo of the music is the more important factor.

Playing a song can immediately change a person’s mood.  It’s important that we teach our children relaxation techniques.  Combine slow music playing with dimmed lights and general calmness and your child will begin to understand they need to take it down a notch.  Do this throughout the day so that they can eventually do it for themselves when a situation gets little too stressful for them to handle.  You will soon see that nap times, bed times and even future social stressors will be much less of a fight if we give our children the tools they need to clam themselves.

Not sure you can create that calming environment in your home?  In a Kindermusik with Dominique class you will learn how to create an environment conducive to relaxation and sample relaxing music pieces for your own use.  Contact me to preview a class for FREE.

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