Using music and dance in childhood development: the surprising benefits

Throughout history, in all cultures, dance has been an integral part of human life. Historical evidence depicts dance within cultural celebration, marking of events such as Marriage, death, birth and war

Researchers have found correlations between movement and some of the deepest workings of the human brain. Research has linked movement to music with increased language skills and enhanced problem solving skills.


Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner has theorized that humans have several different types of intelligences—logical-mathematical, linguistic, and interpersonal. He believes that music intelligence is equal in importance to all of them.

Why is moving to music important for children?

Music helps develop children's language skills: When young children listen to familiar words in songs, the neural transmitters in their brains are firing away, and their brains are building connections to the sounds they are hearing and the words they are singing. . Dancing to the music involves detecting a rhythm and beat.

Keeping a steady beat develops language. Clapping hands, stamping feet, and using rhythm instruments in time to music develops important pre-reading skills. Young children recognize words, sounds, rhythms, tones, and pitches. So, the more music and dance your children have in their lives, the better they will speak and read.

Dance helps develop children's self-esteem:  Dance is nonjudgmental. There is no right or wrong, it just is what it is.

Dance helps develop children's listening skills:  Using music  within Dance encourages the ability to listen and thus to concentrate. Songs encourage speech and auditory discrimination. Through dance, children learn to hear and represent  tempos, dynamics, and rhythm

Dance can helps develop children's math skills: Choregraphy includes basic math skills such as counting, repeating patterns, and sequencing.

Dance helps stimulate children's brain connections: A study from the University of California found that Dance trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. The Dancers brain is highly sensitive to Beat induction and the ability to predict the next rhythm

Music and movement go together: Children naturally respond to music by moving and being active. Music helps children learn about rhythm and develop motor coordination.

Dance encourages creativity in children:

Dance is a great way to teach children with special needs: Dance is a fun way to teach all children, including children who have special learning needs. Dance experiences can be an effective way to stimulate overall development, provide organization for cognitive and motor development, and create a meaningful environment for socialization.