Why singing is so important for your young child and you.

CHILDREN DERIVE GREAT JOY AND SATISFACTION FROM SINGING

Through singing children learn that music expresses their feelings and ideas. Singing is one of the first experiences children have as creative and self-expressive beings. As you know from listening to a child playing alone in a crib, she will sing before she can talk! A child will sing a story while looking at picture books before he can read! Through songs, children learn about themselves and the world around them. Help your children feel comfortable singing, and give them a varied repertoire of beautiful songs that they can keep on singing for the rest of their lives. Self-expression through singing affords a child deep satisfaction and contentment.

SINGING CHEERS THE SPIRIT AND LIGHTENS THE HEART

Sing with your children at home. Singing creates a sense of togetherness. Singing is a comfort to children. It has the power to help your child go to sleep, and calm a child who is frightened, angry or frustrated. Singing banishes grumpiness, obstinacy and boredom! When you sing with a child it makes whatever you're doing fun. A child will listen and pay attention to a song when he won't pay attention to your words.

SINGING CAUSES THE MIND TO FOCUS AND THE BODY TO RELAX

SINGING TEACHES MUCH MORE THAN MUSIC ALONE

While singing, children develop listening and cooperative skills, coordination of the tongue and lips, gross and fine motor skills (through creative movement and keeping the beat), self-control, concentration skills and memory. Singing fosters the growth of the imagination, that essential part of a child's mind that is being increasingly impinged upon by the prevalence of TV, videos, computer games and busy schedules. Singing develops a child's sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.

Children learn more easily through singing. Why do we teach the ABCs with a song? Think of all those ridiculous words to commercials and TV show theme songs that you know from your childhood, not because you tried to memorize them, but because they are lyrics to songs that you heard over and over again!

While singing, children learn vocabulary and grammar, story form, math, history, geography, and science. Singing is a superb tool for learning foreign languages.

SINGING CREATES A LINK BETWEEN GENERATIONS

Songs carry history and traditions in families and in nations. Singing creates a strong sense of belonging in children; belonging to a family, a community, a culture, a country. Singing helps children feel part of something bigger than themselves, something they can join and can contribute to by singing. Remember how people sang together after September 11th?

SINGING ENCOURAGES BRAIN AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. READING, PLAYING PRETEND GAMES AND SINGING ARE THE THREE ESSENTIAL EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES PARENTS SHOULD DO WITH A CHILD.

HOW SINGING ENCOURAGES LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Singing encourages self-expression
Singing encourages vocal imitation
Singing gives a child verbal confidence and develops an eagerness to communicate
Singing exercises the lips and tongue
Singing helps children to speak more clearly and with greater ease
Singing teaches grammar and vocabulary, as does the recitation of poetry
Singing teaches phrasing
Singing teaches storytelling (sequencing of events)
Singing teaches patterning, rhythm and rhyme
Singing gives children tools of verbal communication
Singing teaches children how to listen, how to enjoy listening and how to think while listening

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Singing causes endorphins to flow, stimulating good feeling throughout the body and stimulating brain activity
Singing encourages deep breathing, which brings more oxygen to the brain
Singing requires the brain to work at many tasks simultaneously
Singing strengthens memory
Singing teaches opposites, such as fast and slow, loud and quiet, long and short, tension and release. Every good song carries some of these elements of contrast in it.
Singing and dancing teach the basic equation of space = energy x time (or distance = rate x time)

SINGING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIMARY MUSICAL EXPERIENCE. SINGING SHOULD BE WELL ESTABLISHED AND STRONG BEFORE INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS ARE STARTED. THE MOST PERFECT OF INSTRUMENTS IS BUILT RIGHT INTO OUR OWN BODIES - OUR VOICES!

A song is something you can share, it doesn't wear out or get broken, you can take it anywhere and it doesn't cost a dime!

All children love to sing, but boys are often especially strong singers. Keep your boys connected to their singing voices because they will stop singing and playing instruments long before girls do and once they stop many of them NEVER start again.

Singing is an essential tool to foster development and healing in children with any kind of special needs.

IF MUSIC CAN BRING JOY AND BEAUTY INTO OUR LIVES SO EASILY, WHY SHOULDN'T WE ALL SING?!