Music has always been a part of my life. I have great memories of sitting in my room, with my record player, listening to my favorite albums when I was in elementary school. In high school, I always had music on in my room even while doing homework and studying. Who knew that music is actually conducive to memory?! Of course, I wasn’t listening to classical music, but I truly believe that music helped me in my studying habits.
At home, I’d rather have the radio on than the TV, especially when no one is actually watching TV at all. People often use the TV as background noise but then that’s all it is – noise. Turning on the radio, iPod, or even your favorite CD (almost as ancient now as records, don’t you think?) can change the atmosphere in a room.
In fact, according to the Play Experts at LEGO DUPLO, “A little background music can help children sing along, build and play while they learn simple things like colors, stacking, letters and role play. A 2011 study of parents with children age 1‐5 Years reveals that among children that listen to music during playtime: 55% of children are happier when music is coupled with play; 50% are more excited to play when they hear music and 43% act sillier when music is coupled with play.”
My kids are generally happy listening to whatever music is on the radio or mom’s favorite CD. Children’s albums don’t generally have a place our household (they truthfully can make me a little crazy) but dancing and singing along to Lady Gaga is a common occurence! I find my kids are happier and yes even more creative when we have music on in the background. A little more crazy, a little more giggly – those are side effects too!