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Why is music so important to children’s development?

From a young age babies are exposed to rhythm and music, even whilst in the womb babies hear a rhythm of mums heartbeat.

Once born they start to learn to differentiate their caregivers voice to other sounds and rhythms. They find their voice too, at first demanding attention and then this transforms into other emotions like smiling and laughter.

Most parents sing nursery rhymes or lullaby's to soothe their babies, or to express love and joy. This early exposure to music helps them develop this natural ability to differentiate sounds.

Younger babies often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able. Older babies and toddlers love to dance and move to music. The key for toddlers and preschoolers is the repetition of songs, which encourages the use of words and memorisation.

Dancing to music encourages self expression whilst improving gross and fine motor skills. For example "Is everyone here?" helps children develop muscles, coordination, balance and the ability to jump whilst also supporting the children to know the session is starting and "Bubbles are fun" and "Mind How You Go" indicate to the babies and children the session is coming to then end.

Even though at first your child may not understand the words in a song, they do develop their understanding by identifying the storytelling in a song.

Through dance, children develop spatial awareness, become less clumsy and pay more attention to others sharing their space. Children struggling with language can express their feelings with immediacy through dance and movement.

Children may be more inclined to learn new dance moves when they play in the company of other children. Moo Music sessions are the perfect environment where your child can socialise with other children their age and discover the joy of music.

For babies, it’s bonding time, doing something fun and enjoyable together whilst encouraging their development.

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