According to our ancestors, music was the food of the soul, according to today's researchers, music is the food of both the soul and the body. You ask why? Because the findings of many researches in recent years show that music is very useful for biological development, especially brain development. So how does music play such an important role for brain development? What is the main reason that music has a positive effect on brain development? In order to find answers to these questions, I will share with you the interesting data I have collected from some researches in the rest of this article.
In our daily speaking language, we often liken the brain to a sponge, and we think that the brain has a structure that will draw something into it at any moment. Although the original sponge is an important example to explain the functioning of the brain, most researchers compare the brain to space. When you look up into the sky at night, you will see many stars, and these stars represent the neurons in the brain, the nerve cells. There is no bond between them, but they expect a link between them and a triggering element. This is where the music comes in and activates the stimulus that will allow a connection between the nerve cells. As there are no connections between the nerve cells in the brain, nerve cells gradually lose their functions and gradually begin to die.
Research on the subject…
The psychologist Fran Rauscher and psychiatrist Gordon Shaw of the University of California conducted a research to determine whether there was a relationship between music and advanced mathematics and science skills. The study was conducted among three-year-old children, two different groups were formed for the research, one group was supported by different music lessons (the children participated in the chorus study each day and took lessons to play organ once a week), and the other group was not included in any music study. The control group was determined, and the differences between the two groups were examined at the end of the 8-month study. According to the results, the spatial perception of children included in music activities improved by 46%. The researchers found that these children perceived geometric shapes and their characteristics better than other children and observed that they were more successful in games where different features of geometric shapes such as block and puzzle games were frequently used. In addition, they found that children participating in chorus studies increased their word capacity and improved their memory. They also found that the language development of children who memorized the lyrics was progressing positively and that children who understood the rhythmic structure with the help of the songs also benefited from various rhythms and intonations in the speech, thus improving their speaking skills more quickly.
What can you do?
● Give your child plenty of different music.
● Take your child to different music events.
● Create opportunities and places for your child to listen to music (such as buying a cassette player in the room…).
● Refer your child to courses where he or she may be interested in music.
● Encourage your child to play a musical instrument.
● Encourage your child to memorize some charlings and allow them to share them with other family members.
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