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We all know that music has a magical way of bringing people together, going beyond language barriers and building connections that last a lifetime. This is especially true when it comes to parent-child relationships during the early years of a child's life.
At Jo Jingles, we’ve seen first-hand the impact that early childhood classes which integrate music and movement have on enhancing these relationships. So, we thought we’d take a moment to break this topic down to see exactly what it means, how it influences development and relationships, and how you can create stronger bonds and cherished memories with your little ones.
The Power of Music in Relationships
As a parent I’m sure you are always on the lookout for different ways to connect with your child on a deeper level. And this is where music comes in! It’s perfect for doing this through its emotional and rhythmic qualities. When you engage in musical activities together, this shared emotional experience helps strengthen your relationship. This is the very reason we adore what we do and find immense pleasure in running our classes. Witnessing the beautiful connections that unfold is wonderful to see – these pictures say it all!
About Our Music Classes
Jo Jingles classes provide a unique chance to explore music together. We offer a structured, fun environment for both you and your child to enjoy. We take you beyond just introducing melodies by focusing on movement, rhythm and interactive, sensory play. Our classes are educational, using music as a platform to teach numbers, colours, words and animals, whilst encouraging speech and language development and building on social skills and art of sharing. Parental input is integral to this process, contributing to a much richer parent-child interaction. By engaging in activities like singing, dancing and playing instruments, it opens up opportunities to enhance the communication and cooperation of your child.
Don’t just take our word for it! Statistics highlight the positive impact of early childhood music classes on parent-child interaction. A study published in the "Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology“ revealed that young children grooving to music with their parents increase their involvement and responsiveness. That's why our classes are all about hands-on, heart-connected moments, nudging parents to dive into the joy and build a bond that goes way beyond our class walls.
Creating Lasting Memories
Something we will all be familiar with, is how music triggers memories and emotions. Whether it's a catchy tune, a silly dance, or a special musical moment, these become precious thoughts which help build relationships. Think about how many poems you know all the words to, now consider how many songs you know all the words to. Setting lyrics to a rhythm helps to remember and recall them. A study by the University of Sheffield revealed that children who participated in music and movement classes with their parents displayed stronger emotional bonds and more positive associations with music throughout their lives.
Enhancing Cognitive and Emotional Development
And it doesn’t stop there. Beyond the emotional bond, music also plays a crucial role in the cognitive and emotional development. The UK Department of Education has indicated that engagement in music and movement activities during early childhood has a positive impact on cognitive development, language skills and emotional expression. We’re delighted to say that our classes back this completely by providing a safe space for your child to explore emotions. This helps enhance their emotional intelligence and empathy towards others.
Inclusivity and Cultural Exposure
Something we are passionate about is the fact that we celebrate diversity through various musical genres, instruments and cultural traditions. This helps the children develop an appreciation for different cultures and perspectives from a young age. But more importantly, this allows you to engage in meaningful conversations with your child about the world around them, further strengthening your bond.
So, what are you waiting for?
In a world full of distractions and fast-paced lifestyles, we find our classes offer respite to our class parents and children, so they can connect at a much higher level. Using the power of music to evoke emotions, stimulate memories and facilitate communication, we know our music classes are an invaluable tool for strengthening the connection between you and your child. Through the joy of singing, dancing and playing together, you are able to create not only beautiful melodies but also enduring bonds that will resonate throughout your lives.