Music is not only pleasurable for kids, it may also have positive effects on the behavior of kids. Kids Health writes that kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat of music are enjoying what experts have called "a rich sensory environment."
Researchers believe this opens up more neural connections between the cells in their brains. Science Daily reported on Sept. 5, 2013, "Making Music May Improve Young Children's Behavior."
According to a new study, making music can improve both pro-social behavior, which is a form of voluntary behaviour intended to benefit another, and the problem solving skills of young kids. In this study music improved helpfulness for both girls and boys with children in the 'Music' group over thirty times more than those in the 'No Music' group.
It was also found that making music was also shown to improve cooperation among all the children in the 'Music Group' who were found to be six times more likely to cooperate than those kids in the 'No Music' Group.
The researchers feel this study highlights the need for schools and parents to understand
the vital role which music making has in children's lives in terms of social bonding and helping behaviors. Furthermore, music making in class, including singing, may encourage students with learning differences and emotional difficulties to feel less alienated in the school environment.