From “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to “Old MacDonald had a Farm”, these classic rhymes and songs have helped children with language skills, vocabulary, memorization, and syllable formation. Children can capture the essence of reading by using music to learn. What a fun way to learn concepts by just singing your favorite tunes. That’s what many experts consider educational music or music learning to be.
In educational music or music learning, early learners are not just learning about music, but they are learning about words and how to read them. In using very simple and standard methods, young learners can grasp the notion of reading by singing fun classic rhymes.
According to leading experts in the field, educational music is
“a genre of music in which songs, lyrics, or other musical elements are used as a method of teaching and/or learning. It has been shown in research to promote learning.”
Have you noticed popular television shows always have at least one song? Or that in 50% of the lessons of early child education curriculum consists of music and lyric learning.
Music can help children even at a young age understand concepts.
For instance, it might be easy for an adult to read about brushing your teeth, but it’s more fun for a young learner to understand about brushing your teeth with a song. In this way, children begin to comprehend about routine and the importance of taking care of your teeth. In a similar way, other concepts can be applied as well such as the basics of learning to read.
Bilingual educational music is even more important in learning another language.
Sure, students can read over and over again about verb conjugation and sentence formation. But wouldn’t it be more fun to learn Spanish with a song or fun lyrics. Wouldn’t it be more fun to learn to say casa, masa, pasa or voy, hoy, soy in a fun rhyme or song? Of course, any young learner would love to sing along “Yo Tenía Diez Perritos” and learn about counting to ten in Spanish.
Poems are fun lyrics waiting for children to sing.
Poems are sometimes just as necessary as stories in learning a language. Also, they are full of similes, comparisons, alliterations, and rhymes. It’s a perfect combination to learn Spanish words. Even with the right melody, some poems can turn into songs.
Whether early young learners are singing to their favorite songs in English, Spanish, or any other language, music can also help them express their feelings and emotions. Through educational music, they can listen and learn about cooperating, sharing, and communicating.
Rhyming and lyrics help children with self-expression.
In expressing their feelings, young learners can learn how to communicate their wants and needs in a more effective way. By listening to motivational fun songs from popular children songwriters and singers, children can begin to notice more about how they feel and improve their behavior by telling others how they feel. Hence, educational music can motivate children to improve language skills, reading, comprehension, and behavior.