The Importance of Performance Opportunities for Young Children

In addition to improving creativity, learning and performing music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your child throughout their lives. Researchers have found a significant relationship between music instruction and positive performances in such areas as reading comprehension, spelling, mathematics, listening skills, cognitive functioning (verbal, perceptual, numeric, and spatial) and motor skills.

Recently, our team here at The George Center was asked to do a podcast on how performance opportunities lend themselves to music therapy. We will share that podcast with you soon, but in the meantime, here is a list of a few of our favorite goals when working with little ones using performances during music therapy.

  1. Self-Confidence - The act of learning and playing an instrument, the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent, will build in a child a sense of pride and confidence. Moreover, children who practice self-expression and creativity often become better communicators later in life.
  2. Appropriate Behavior - There is a time and a place for silly and the stage is usually not the time or place.
  3. Goal Setting - Assigning pieces for a performance helps to teach young children about setting goals and obtaining them within a specified time frame.
  4. Practice - Practice may not make not make perfect, but it certainly makes BETTER! And it’s a great skill to learn early in life! Learning the skill of focused practice can teach children skill sets that can assist them down the road with homework and other tasks that require focused attention.
  5. Concentration - Learning a musical instrument will help your child develop concentration, as they must focus on a particular activity over extended periods of time. Developing concentration in this way will also help then when they must focus their attention on other subjects at school.
  6. Coordination - Practicing musical instruments improves hand-eye coordination, as well as left/right hand coordination. Children develop important motor skills when playing music just as they do when playing different sports.
  7. Recreation - Playing and performing music is fun AND functional!
  8. Patience and Perseverance - In order to learn a musical instrument, children must develop patience and perseverance, which will help them later in life when they must tackle other more difficult challenges.

 

We look forward to providing performance opportunities for your little ones! Check out our Kindermusik classes or contact us TODAY to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our talented music therapists!

 

Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!