Music and More With Piano Pioneers for Preschoolers, students will learn music as a second language. Younger children are virtuosos at learning new languages because their brains have not yet fixed into adult patterns of knowledge. By giving children musical training during these most critical, formative years, parents literally “wire” their child’s brain in a special way.
Brain bilateralism. You've probably heard the recent adage "music makes you smarter." Well, this is true as long as children not only listen to music, but also engage with music-reading and playing ... and as long as they do this before the age of 9.
Music education not only has the benefits of self-expression and enjoyment, but it is linked to improved cognitive function (Schellenberg), increased language development from an early age (Legg), and positive social interaction (Netherwood). When students learn the language of music (hearing/sound, seeing/note-reading, and playing/creating), the brain is impacted as a whole, stimulating both halves – the analytical brain and the subjective-artistic brain, which in turn affects a child’s overall cognitive development and possibly increases overall intellectual capacity more than ANY OTHER activity affecting the brain’s bilateralism (Yoon.)
Humans are often “categorized” into 2 types: analytical, left-brained, accountant-type like people versus free-spirited, artistic, poetic, right-brained people.While most activities like visual art, computing, and language largely work in only one hemisphere, music is one of the few activities that stimulates both sides of the brain, encompassing BOTH the analytic traits of the left-brain AND the more creative aspects of the right brain. The right brain – the more subjective and creative hemisphere – focuses on the melody in music. The left brain – the analytical part of the brain – is responsible for the understanding of musical structure (the language) and motor skills. (Yoon). And, uniquely, RHYTHM in music affects the brain extensively, such as supplementary motor areas and the basal ganglia. (Phillips-Silver). Nonmusical activities, such as walking or martial arts (or the fun Dalcroze movement activities included in the Piano Pioneers for Preschoolers curriculum), also aid the brain bilaterally when COMBINED with a steady rhythm (Maniul). So, music really does make you smarter! Especially when students learn to play and read music, as well as listen to music. Students who complete the Piano Pioneers for Preschoolers course will be closer to kindergarten-ready upon graduation.
The proof is in the pudding!
The proof is in the pudding, though, as the old saying goes. Preschoolers who have studied at McLelland Piano Studio have gone on to become professional musicians, composers, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, lawyers, successful mothers and fathers, and all-around amazing people who make a difference in this world. They have more meaningful and fulfilled lives because of the skills they have mastered at the piano, and the joy of music accompanying them throughout their life's journey!