Music is powerful when it comes to emotions. When we’re happy, we may want to sing at the top of our lungs. When we’re sad, we may want to hear music that soothes us.
The same is true for children. Music has an impact on them that can provoke emotion and help them to express it. It can also teach them emotional skills. At our Rock and Roll Daycare center in Reston and throughout our various franchises, we strive to help children create a bond with music they are hearing and playing. It is our goal that it will help them express their emotions and teach them about emotional skills.
How Music Sparks Different Emotions
The power of music on emotions is fierce. Fast music can make us feel energetic while slower rhythms can provoke a calmer feeling. Music can also make us feel scared and tense depending on the beats. It doesn’t matter what age we are, the music we hear can make us feel different ways. Children pick up on these beats which impacts their emotions as well.
When talking about music and emotions, it’s important to look at something called The Doctrine of Affects. This was widely accepted by late Baroque theorists and composers who believed that music could arouse specific emotions with the listener. The belief was that by using proper standard music devices, the composer could create a piece of music that produced a particular involuntary emotional response.
This is something to also keep in mind as we talk about young children’s emotions and music.
How Music Can Help Children Express Emotions
As children interact with different music, it can help them get in touch with what they are feeling at the time. If they are playing music, it can be a way for them to express their emotions in whatever tune they choose. Happy feelings will emote bright and cheerful tunes while sadness will bring music that is more low-key.
By recognizing emotions through music, children can further develop their emotional intelligence. When children hear music they don’t just hear sound and rhythm, they can hear what certain emotions sound like.
Music can help children lose themselves in the moment and take a break from any anxieties. They can enjoy the sounds they are both hearing and making. Music is also a tool of creative self-expression which can help children feel better about themselves. These self-esteem boosts can help them better deal with their emotions because they have positive thoughts.
Music serves as an outlet for emotions. Sometimes children have trouble expressing themselves in words. By singing or playing instruments, they can let out whatever they are feeling. Children can unleash their creativity and be inspired and uplifted through music. It can relax even the youngest of music lovers.
How Music Can Teach Emotional Skills
Music can not only serve as an outlet as we mentioned above but also teach kids what emotion is expressed through a certain kind of music. The lyrics to music can serve as a teaching tool to help children understand the emotions that are related to certain situations.
There’s also the impact of musical games on emotions. Musical games can also help children learn about emotions in a healthy way. They can learn about fear and safety in the simplest of lyrics. Even the old favorite, “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Went to bed, bumped his head, didn’t get up in the morning” can be a teaching tool when it comes to emotions. Finding these little teaching moments in music can be helpful in a child’s development.
Bring Music Into Your Home
In Reston, we love having music as an integral part of our lessons at Rock and Roll Daycare. We also realize how important it is at home. By playing music for your children, you can also help them work through their emotions and see how they react. By using the lessons they learn at our centers and incorporating them into what they’re learning at home, they are getting the most out of what they’re learning.
It takes a village to raise a child and if that village can be a musical one, all the better!
We want to know, do you use music in your home to help your children deal with their emotions? Share your stories in the comments below.