Music can not only provoke emotion but can also help us to express our emotions. When we’re happy, we may want to sing at the top of our lungs. When we’re sad, we may want to hear music that soothes us.
Music affects children as well. Music also has an impact on them as it can provoke emotion and help them to express it. It can also teach them emotional skills. At our Rock and Roll Daycare center on Broadway and throughout our various franchises, we strive to help children create a bond with music they are hearing and playing. It is our goal that it will help them express their emotions and teach them about emotional skills.
We’re going to explore these topics as we enjoy the music around us!
How Music Sparks Different Emotions
Music sparks different emotions based on its beats and rhythms. Fast music can make us feel energetic while slower rhythms can provoke a calmer feeling. Music can also make us feel scared and tense depending on the beats. It doesn’t matter what age we are, the music we hear can make us feel different ways. Children pick up on these beats which impacts their emotions as well.
How Music Can Help Children Express Emotions
Besides sparking different emotions, music can also help children express emotions. By recognizing emotions through music, children can further develop their emotional intelligence.
As children interact with different music, it can help them get in touch with what they are feeling at the time. If they are playing music, it can be a way for them to express their emotions in whatever tune they choose. Happy feelings will emote bright and cheerful tunes while sadness will bring music that is more low-key.
When children share and make music with others, they are also learning social skills. They can develop a sense of empathy as well which helps them interact with others. Being able to tune into other people’s emotions is a vital skill to have.
Music can help children lose themselves in the moment and take a break from any anxieties. They can enjoy the sounds they are both hearing and making. Music is also a tool of creative self-expression which can help children feel better about themselves. These self-esteem boosts can help them better deal with their emotions because they have positive thoughts.
It’s also important to realize that music can serve as an outlet for emotions. This is especially true for children who have trouble expressing themselves in words. By singing or playing instruments, they can let out whatever they are feeling. Children can unleash their creativity and be inspired and uplifted through music. It can relax even the youngest of music lovers.
How Music Can Teach Emotional Skills
Research has shown that a child’s socio-emotional development may benefit from a music program. One study found that engaging children aged 4 and 5 in a music program can increase their comprehension of emotions. An increase in social interaction in younger students was also reported.
Music can also help children manage their emotions. It can not only serve as an outlet as we mentioned above but also teach kids what emotion is expressed through a certain kind of music. The lyrics to music can serve as a teaching tool to help children understand the emotions that are related to certain situations.
Musical games are also important tools to help children learn about emotions in a healthy way. They can learn about fear and safety in the simplest of lyrics. Even the old favorite, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Went to bed, bumped his head, didn’t get up in the morning” can be a teaching tool when it comes to emotions. Finding these little teaching moments in music can be helpful in a child’s development.
Bring Music Into Your Home
Music is a huge part of our lessons at our Broadway location at Rock and Roll Daycare and all of our other centers. We also believe that it is important to have music in the home. By playing music for your children, you can also help them work through their emotions and see how they react. They can take the lessons they learn at our centers and incorporate them into what you do at home. We love when these lessons can work hand in hand.
We want to know, do you use music in your home to help your children deal with their emotions? Share your stories in the comments below.