During the “pre-operational” learning stage (ages 2-7), children begin ti think and react through symbols (language, drama, drawings and dreams). This stage is perfect for starting the process of learning music. Young children have the ability to understand music intuitively through performance and / or composition.
Several recent studies show improved spatial-temporal task scores and pattern-recognition scores for children in different age groups who had received piano instruction as compared to same-age control groups without piano instruction. These studies report that piano instruction is far superior to computer instruction in enhancing a child's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning SCIENCE and MATH!
The influences of MUSIC go far beyond the intellectual and physical development of a child. Music experiences contribute to the growth of well-balanced children in Sensitivity, Expressiveness, and the Spirit essential for functioning in a complicated world.
As a Suzuki Teacher I would like to share with you a few Dr. Suzuki pedagogical methods. Remember, you are not only a parent, but your child's “coach” at home: