Children are born with innate love for music. With all the researches made about the effect of music to child's development, pregnant mothers are now letting their unborn child to listen to some classical music using the latest gadgets available in the market.
My son is also a music lover. He likes to sing and dance in front of other people. He doesn't exude shyness. He sings and dances whenever he hears the latest songs playing wherever we are, whether at the mall or just simply at home. He is full of confidence in front of other people. If you know my son, for sure you'll vouch on the level of confidence he possesses :)
Now, there are still a lot of questions about the effectiveness of music in brain development of a child. Does it really make children smarter when they listen to classical music like of Mozart and Beethoven?
Until now, the relationship between music and child development is a widely discussed subject in the circles of early childhood music therapists. Dr. Liz Inciong, a pediatrician and a Fellow of Philippine Pediatric Society and and Associate Active Consultant of the Institute of Pediatrics and Child Health at St. Luke's Medical Center for 18 years and Teacher Marah Vasque-Estuesta of Kindermusik International are among those who have scientific understanding of the matter and strongly support it.
The two experts have discovered the role of music plays in a child's cognitive development through extensive interaction and training with young minds. They found out that the child's cognitive development is anchored on the theory of Multiple Intelligence of Dr. Howard Gardner. According to Multiple Intelligence Theory, a child's intellectual capacity isn't solely based on and measured by verbal or mathematical skills; in fact, it is far more comprehensive, covering social, music, kinesthetic and visual intelligences as well.
Dr. Inciong said that music plays an important role in the development of a child's various modes of intelligence, particularly mental, physical and social aspects. "Music helps chidlren seek patterns in their environment, which allows them to easily recall words, phrases, even in foreign languages. They become more perceptive to sound and develop into astute learners," Dr. Inciong added.
Music: How it impacts child development
Children as young as four can absorb the potential educational benefits of listening to music that are known to make an impact during these sensitive developmental years. Things such as speech and language development, motor and rhythmic coordination and even social skills are honed through early exposure to music.
However, this doesn't necessarily mean that a child must learn how to play a musical instrument. While there's little doubt that doing so helps their mental development, studies show that simply having children actively listen to songs is enough to help them reap the benefits of cognitive development and maybe even encourage them to pick up a musical instrument to learn.
Teacher Marah shared that the right tempo and message aids in the development of neurophysiological distinctions between sounds that develop literacy, which tangibly results in better academic results.
M.I. Beats Playlist: Progress Pre-School Gold's way of addressing music for learning
To address this opportunity of harnessing music for learning, Dr. Inciong and Teacher Marah have partnered with Progress Pre-School Gold to create the first-ever playlist which is based on scientific research and practical applications. The said playlist is also designed to help build and promote Multiple Intelligence in the Philippines.
Teacher Marah said, "As Early Childhood Music Educators, we have chosen the songs based on our first hand experience with the children. These songs were tried and tested with our students and were proven to have impact. These songs also have an appeal to them. We curated one playlist each to help enhance Brain Smarts (mental development), Body Smarts (physical development), and People Smarts (social and emotional development)."
In choosing songs for each category, Progress team, Dr. Inciong, and Teacher Marah carefully selected songs which will truly enhance the child's intelligence. For Body Smarts, the songs chosen highlight linguistic development through vocabulary building, phonemic awareness, and vocal development as a way to developing the oral language skills and to speak rhythmically and expressively. For Body Smarts, song selections were anchored on music that can potentially help develop fine and gross motor skills. For People Smarts, songs chosen focus on showing kids how to express their appreciation for friends and practicing basic social skills such as cooperation.
In addition, Josteen Vega, Brand Manager for Progress Pre-School Gold said, "Incorporating music into a child's daily activities can help develop his/her different 'Smarts'. The more exposure a child gets, the more stimulation and benefits he gains. Living in the digital age, there are now so many options and platforms for mothers to use in developing their child. The intention of M.I. Beats is to provide them the opportunity to use music as an enabler and tool in helping them build their child's Multiple Intelligence."
M.I. Beats is the first-ever playlist specifically designed to help aid a child's developmental process and provide modern moms with access to digital platforms that offer it. To make it even easier for mothers to access this pioneering technology, Progress Pre-School Gold is offering an exclusive opportunity for mothers to enjoy the exclusive M.I. Beats playlist for FREE!
To avail of this exclusive offer, simply purchase a specially marked Progress Pre-School Gold 1.6kg can. Each can has a unique code, register at www.multipleintelligence.com.ph, fill up the necessary information and wait for the confirmation email to get the free access to the exclusive M.I. Beats Playlist on Spotify Premium for an entire month.
Drinking milk is a good habit and it really aids in the development of the child, but let us encourage our child to also eat fruits and vegetables to make them healthy and strong.