(This article was previously posted as Why Music Matters for Family Moments and Memories - Watercolour Moments 08/10/2015)
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Recently, I watched an old movie. Actually, it was a good movie- great plot, good acting and it had been colourised. But the thing I really noticed was the background music.... or lack thereof. It took a while before I realised it- I just watched thinking, 'What's missing? Why is this lacking the emotional connection?' Then it hit me- no music, and music makes an amazing difference. Yes, music creates atmosphere, suspense, drama, light and shadow. Without it, it's as if only part of the story is being told. Music has become an integral and award-winning part of any movie.
Look at Disney. The music from Disney movies isn't just background filler; it connects the story with heart, mind and emotions across generations.
If you play the soundtracks of popular movies, you find yourself picturing the movie in your mind as you listen. Music paints pictures and contributes to memories. It's been said that nowadays, even a moment's silence is accompanied by background music.
The importance of music
Music is important in our own lives, too. I know if I want to complete my chores quickly I put on bright, enjoyable music. If the kids are tired and grumpy, then I put on some of their favourite songs. And I'm sure that everyone uses music to help entertain kids in the car when it's a long trip.
Music builds memories
But music isn't just nice to listen to. Have you noticed that some songs or music will bring particular family times and events to mind? And music is important for children. Research has shown that it helps build and develop their brains- inspires creativity, imagination and self-esteem, and memory skills.
The power of music
Louise Miles from the Australian Music Therapy Association notes that, 'Music has the power to access emotion, stimulate memory, affect your physiology and change your thinking patterns if you're exposed to it over a period of time.'
* Encourage cheerful attitudes.
I've found that playing bright cheerful music while everyone gets ready for the day, encourages cheerful attitudes. And everyone moves faster, too. In fact, studies have shown that upbeat music can boost physical performance.
* Improve productivity
FastCompany states that listening to music during repetitive tasks (and chores can probably be included in this) helps you (and kids) complete them faster, with less errors and less boredom.
Thankfully, there are plenty of quality music options available for children and family. Here are some suggestions:
Just a simple search on Spotify yields a full list of choices: children's playlists, children's party music, children's nursery rhymes and lullabies, Disney playlists and so many more. If you haven't checked it out, you can listen to Spotify free if you don't mind the occasional ads (sort of like your own radio station) or pay a bit extra to listen ad-free.
Visit Kinderling online- a digital radio for babies, toddlers, kids and adults on mobile, tablet and computer.
You'll find playlists that welcome the day, dreamy gentle music for early risers. There are active soundtracks to help everyone get moving and out the door; toddler time, playground, traveling home from school, music to relax and unwind, bedtime.
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* Common-sense Media
Common-sense Media rates, educates and advocates for kids, families and schools. You'll find age-appropriate ideas, music and inspiration for everyone on this site. You'll find lists of music that are graded according to age and interests and then rated. Check them out, find something inspirational and download.
* Relax Melodies app
Many people, and children, will also relax and even sleep better while listening to relaxing music or sounds of nature. This app provides plenty of options to choose to help you relax .or sleep.
What music do you enjoy with your kids?
Let's enjoy these small family moments, fill them with memorable melodies, and make them so beautiful that they will be worth remembering.
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