Active Involvement in Music Is Good for You
Kids like to try what they see and what moves them. Many children try to replicate the music they've heard and seen being made during pretend playtime. According to Kidshealth.org, research shows that kids who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly):
• do better in reading and math when they start school
• are better able to focus and control their bodies
• play better with others and have higher self-esteem
Live Music Just Sounds Better!
And lastly, live music just sounds better than recorded music. Children will be amazed by the magic of hearing and seeing music being made right in front of them. Feeling the vibrations of the instruments, watching a person creating the music in real time, the shared experience with fellow audience members and the feeling that this is happening "now" and for "me" make the live music experience extremely special. Children will feel inspired, energized, transported, and excited by participating in this uniquely human activity. And it will help them develop and grow. So go to a concert, folks, and bring the kids!
Jeffrey Friedberg, MA, MT-BC, is a certified music therapist and award-winning children’s musician who performs with the Rockland County-based Bossy Frog Band. Friedberg received his MA in music therapy from NYU and has 15 years experience as a music therapist. He has more than 30 years experience performing as a professional musician. As part of the Bossy Frog Band, Friedberg sings and plays banjo, guitar, saxophone, flute, harmonica, and piano.