I read a very interesting article in a book last week about toddlers and the amazing effects classical music has on them.
I mean, I know classical music is wonderful. We’ve been doing composer study for over a year now. We’ve already covered Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, and Antonin Dvorak, to name a few. Our favourite composition is ‘Hungarian Dance’ by Brahms. I used to gallop around the kitchen table with a squealing and giggling Gogga on my hip whenever it played, so she has very fond memories of it.
Our favourite composition is ‘Hungarian Dance’ by Brahms. I used to gallop around the kitchen table with a squealing and giggling Gogga on my hip whenever it played! So she has very fond memories of it.
Classical music is also my personal favourite type of music, so it’s not weird for it to be playing in my house.
Thing is, I never truly realised how GOOD it is for a toddler’s development!
Turns out, Charlotte Mason was wise beyond her years (as always) when she advocated composer studies, and to let the little ones observe what the big kids are learning instead of giving them only ‘dumbed down’ activities ‘suited to their age’…
Research has shown that Classical music to young kids improves their concentration and self-discipline, general listening- and social skills and sets them up to enjoy a far wider range of music when they are older.
Research has also shown that spatial skills (like building puzzles) improve for an hour after listening to classical music. This is called the “Mozart Effect”. It also showed, more remarkably, that brain function improved by around 30% when the child learned how to play an instrument! So, musical training further strengthens the spatial pathways in the brain.
Classical music is different from other types of music because of its complexity. This excited the brain more and causes it to work harder at making sense of what it’s hearing.
When you bring this back to the topic at hand, toddlers, that basically means (in theory) that by exposing your toddler to classical music from a young age, you’re helping them become better thinkers later in life. It’s also been shown that children have an easier time learning to play instruments that they’ve been exposed to before through classical music.
So, if you want your toddler to have fun, and maybe even improve their brain function, play them some classical music!
A few suggestions to start off with are:
Beethoven: Symphony #5
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire
Brahms: Piano Concerto #1
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4
Beethoven: Fur Elise
Mozart: Violin Concerto #3
Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers
Schubert: Trout Quintet
*For a Classical Music Lesson List, go HERE
For some amazing ideas on movements to incorporate with the music, go HERE