Our guest blog today comes to us from KidsQuest Children’s Museum, a friend of Zeno and great family resource. Enjoy!
A growing body of research shows that when children are trained in music at a young age, they tend to improve in their math skills! Of course, listening to pop music on the radio probably won’t turn your kid into a math prodigy, but actively engaging in musical activities is a great way to practice math concepts in a fun new way!
Sequencing and Matching
Call and response songs like “Boom-chik-a-boom” and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” let young learners practice sequencing and encourage them to match rhythms and tones.
Moving, singing, and making music in different ways helps kids notice contrasts. For example, they begin to observe and compare slow vs. fast tempos and loud vs. quiet volumes.
Dancing, singing, and making music can help children understand patterns. Musical rhythms and song lyrics are full of patterns!
Many favorite childhood songs like “10 in the Bed”, “5 Green and Specked Frogs” and “99 bottles of Pop on the Wall” incorporate counting. These types of songs require children to count both forwards and backwards while using a beat, tune, and even hand motions.
As your child grows, learning about music notation and reading sheet music is a great way to explore and understand fractions. For example, a whole note is the same length as two half notes, which can be divided into four quarter notes.
Want to incorporate the math benefits of music into your family’s life, but not sure where to begin? Check out these fun music programs happening at KidsQuest Children’s Museum this summer!
Little Wing Music Time
June 25, July 9 and 23, August 13 and 27, 2-3pm, All Ages
Eats & Beats: School of Rock
Aug 16, 5:30pm-8:00pm, All Ages
Visit www.kidsquestmuseum.org for pricing and more information on these and other programs!