by Lyric Raven

 

It’s true what they say… Music heals! Not only does it heal, it helps brains form, develop and grow when children are exposed to it at an early age.

It’s never too soon to introduce your child to music!

 

Children as young as a few months are able to hold rattles, bang drums, and express themselves musically. This is because our connection to music begins before birth, while we are in the womb. As soon as our hearts are beating and ears have formed, we can hear our mothers voice and are connected to the universal language that is music. Studies have shown that infants respond to musical speech and music more than words merely spoken. Even adding a slight melodic element to speech causes the brain to light up and creates new pathways for learning, memory and problem solving.

Music is a fun way to aide in memorization!

 

Music is a wonderful educational tool for early learning such as numbers, letters, language, animals, compassion, cooperation and more. I have always used songs throughout my schooling, from elementary school to university to memorize and obtain massive amounts of information in preparation for big presentations and exams. Rhythm has mathematical elements that assist in timing and learning to count, a helpful component in cognitive development and building intelligence. Research have shown that listening to music can activate the motor cortex, subcortical structures, and the cerebellum. Children with high levels of musical training often have increased ability to manipulate information and better long-term memory.

Another amazing benefit is body awareness!

 

Learning to move through the world safely and gracefully is essential. Starting off your child with musical instrument and musically listening helps aide them in motor development and bodily control. Learning how to shake a shaker, play a drum or clink on a xylophone helps strengthen the parts of the brain that control our movement. Playing an instrument as well as dancing assist in teaching children how to have precision with their hands, fingers, body and feet. Same goes with singing. The earlier they are listening to music, the better chance they have at becoming great singers! Developing a singing voice begins with listening and learning what a certain tone sounds like so we can match it with our voices. Learning basic rhythm is the foundation of being any sort of musician, and it’s amazing how quickly even babies can catch on! The sooner you expose your child to having an interest in music the more potential they have for excelling on an instrument as well as becoming a great singer and/or dancer.

Music increases emotion intelligence and connection with others!

Songs and melodies have a unique way of expressing emotions of all kinds. Sometimes they can even help convey emotions that are difficult to put into words. In this modern ago of technology, cellphones and screens it is more important than ever for a young person to develop emotional intelligence. This means learning how to be able to identify their own emotions from others, and being inquisitive about those emotions rather than reactive. In the same way a song must end, so will an emotion. Music can also be a great tool for self-soothing, getting out icky or uncomfortable feelings, and as a means of unique self-expression. There is a genre or song to match any mood, personality or topic!

 

“Healthy emotional regulation is connected with higher academic achievement, lower levels of negative emotionality, higher levels of empathy, and higher levels of social competence (Eisenberg, 2004)”.

 

One of my favorite things to witness in music classes with infants, toddlers and young children is to see how they interact with one another. Being in a music class creates an environment where they have to negotiate, take turns, and practice listening. Sharing and cooperation are important social skills that assist in children making friends faster and thriving in community settings. It’s so beautiful witness students share with one another, encourage each other to be brave and try new things, allowing their personalities to shine and confidence to grow. Socializing with other children of varying ages and stages of development brings joy and contentment as well as plants the seeds for lifelong friendships!

Music heals the cellular body!

 

Since music is vibrational, it is made up of waves which have the ability to actually act as a medicine for the body, combating negative energy and preventing illness. It can heal our DNA, relieve anxiety, and even cause injuries to heal faster. Inflammation is the root cause of pain and disease, and the vibrational frequencies of music can reduce inflammation and reduce stress. When listening to music, “auditory cortex is activated first; then the frontal lobes; then the limbic system, transmitting dopamine; and finally the nucleus accumbens, the center of the brain’s reward system. Based on the brain’s pathways, listening to music is wired to improve our mood” (Levitin 2006).

Music is fun!

 

Dancing, singing, moving, and grooving provide exercise and safe energetic release especially during rainy winter months. Not only does it increases self-confidence and self-discipline but it can also be an excellent for relaxation and focus. Music has been shown to be a wonderful sleep aide and used to encourage meditation and calm activities that are nourishing for your child’s well being.

 

I believe music is our path to world peace, and is a meditation to be enjoyed by all.

 

~Lyric Raven @lyricravenandfriends

 

Come heal with me in the friendly and homey vibes Luma provides! Come dance, sing and shake at the Music and Movement class Luma Yoga offers taught by me, Lyric Raven, a professional musician and songwriter. I have been teaching these classes throughout the Bay Area for over 5 years and playing music all my life. It is my passion and personal mission to spread healing and encourage playfulness in all ages through music.

 

In these 50 minutes classes we sing an array of classic tunes you know and love, keeping some of them consistent so your child can learn them, while simultaneously keeping the rotation fresh and switching it up with new tunes each week. I throw in some contemporary tunes as well, so there’s something for everyone! It’s a beautiful and safe container for your baby or toddler to interact with other little friends of varying ages, to bond and play with your child, to nurse, and to make connections with other parents and caregivers. Whether you are an avid music lover yourself, a singer, a player, or have never played music before in your life, this is the perfect community to introduce your little one to creative movement and musical literacy! This class lets them get some energy out, play, test out new skills, dance and run to their hearts delight! Fun for adults and older siblings, too!