Does music REALLY make a difference for toddlers?
For a decade, Learning Allegro has been offering group music classes for toddlers — and from time to time, someone will ask us, “Does music really make a difference at THAT age?”
It’s a valid question! After all, the average two-year-old can barely talk, struggles to eat neatly, and can’t put her own shoes on the right feet. Does early exposure to music really make that much of an impact?
Believe it or not, it does.
In the 1990s, researchers discovered that children who start music classes early will speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and exhibit stronger social and emotional skills than their peers (Novak Djokovic Foundation). When children are exposed to music before the age of 4, they are more likely to master a second language. And since music encourages phonological awareness, toddlers who take regular music classes also tend to make quicker headway with reading and public speaking.
Toddler music classes are good for parents, too! When mothers engage in music alongside their children — especially when they play or hum the music personally — their cortisol levels are lowered. That means lower stress for mom and toddler alike.
Many of the skills that we value as adults — reading, public speaking, a good sense of timing and coordination — begin in the formative toddler years. That’s why Learning Allegro began its toddler music circles nearly a decade ago. Today, some of the toddlers in those early classes have become skilled musicians and students. We have personally witnessed the difference that a “head start” in music can make, and we encourage you to make music a part of your child’s life as early as possible.