The Niger Delta – Nigeria











Make That Music Happen

Exploring Music For Children’s Development




Music … music … music… every day people listen to different kinds of music, directly or indirectly.  Sounds are put together with words and a melody to create an emotion that expresses itself in very different ways.


Music is a gift that permeates the soul and is one of the most universal ways of expression in human life.  It represents an enjoyable activity in and of itself, but its influence goes beyond simple amusement.  The power of music goes beyond what one might be able to fully express.  Music continues to play a major role in society as a major contributor to human wellbeing people listen, sing, play or compose melodies/songs. Research has shown music to have several positive impacts on human life including cognitive, social, emotional and psychological benefits.  Music can help build relationships, provide connections and social inclusion.


In different parts of the world, music now represents a major component of children’s education.  This may be because of the perceived benefits it has on the development of the child.  Many have called this the “Mozart effect”a study that linked music to better performance and higher scores for kids in school.

In fact, someone once said, “All highly intelligent people are not necessarily musical, but all highly musical people are apparently highly intelligent”.  All these seem to emphasize the relevant impact that music may have on human development from young kids to mature adults, including those with special needs. 


Very interestingly, scholars have further investigated the power of music and some doctors have found that babies express preference for the same kind of music they heard while in the womb.  Other findings suggest that exposing infants and babies to music while in the womb helps build neural bridges used to process thought and information.  Essentially, music can stimulate the brain’s alpha waves, which creates a sense of calmness in the listener.  Other studies indicate that early music exposure and instruction have benefits on the development of perceptual skills, which affects language and literary abilities, and spatial reasoning which is related to skills used to complete and understand math, and fine motor coordination.


The transformative power of music can be explored anywhere.  In Cateura, Paraguay, children were separated from being workers in a landfill by one man’s music initiative.  Wastes were recycled into musical instruments, a landfill harmonic was launched, and the orchestra has grown from just a few musicians to over 35.  Due to the fame, many families are now enrolling their kids in the music classes.


We can save the child and empower our communities; do it now!


Make that music happen!!!





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