Play on the music

Introduce your child to music

Listening to music offers many benefits to children, research indicates. Musically-inclined kids appear better at math and reading, have shown better focus, improved self-esteem and seem to play better with other children.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions for involving your child in music: Listen to music or sing songs while you're doing chores around the house, driving, or while your child is enjoying playtime. Get some kid-friendly musical instruments and CDs, and have them readily available for your child. Find out if your child's school or day-care incorporates music and singing. Learn the songs your children sing so you can try them at home. Enroll your child in an age-appropriate music class.

Take your child to see live music (specifically for young children, if possible), whether at a bookstore, auditorium, library or museum.