Why Music?

Music is a wonderful medium that has the ability to express the longings of the heart without having to utter a single word. It inspires creativity and imagination. Could you imagine a world without it?

Did you know, that even in utero, babies enjoy and respond to music.  It is a powerful brain builder… and for the first seven years of a child’s life, highly critical for brain development.

As a Kindermusik therapist, I have the privilege of working with children from birth to age seven. Developed in Germany and the USA, Kindermusik is rated the top music and movement programme in the world, developing the social, emotional and cognitive needs of children aged 0 – 7 through the powerful medium of music and movement. The development we see in them week on week is astounding. We have discovered over the years, that instruments help young toddlers develop their smaller muscles, better understand the concept of cause and effect, experiment with new sounds and rhythms, and experience steady beat.  When your child plays an instrument or listens to a catchy tune, his or her brain is constantly being challenged to process and make sense of the tune and rhythm.

The German Socio-Economic Panel published their research in 2013 stating that music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance.  I love to think of music being a parent’s Secret SuperPower!  From geometry, to patterns and numbers, playing music produces stronger mathematic skills in our children.

WHY MUSIC? Roy Ayers puts it so beautifully when he says that the true beauty of music is that it connects people! It connects families! During the younger years, take the time to sing together as a family… turn the radio down and sing Old Macdonald as you drive down the highway! Whether you sing in tune or not, it really doesn’t matter, what is important is fostering that precious connection.

Des Govender

Destiny Music Academy

Head of Voice & Certified Kindermusik Therapist

082 877 7369

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