Young children have been shown to increase the amount, utility and understanding of speech developed through singing activities such as counting games, nursery rhymes and finger play.
Music can be used to start or finish activities, such as taking the register or ending the school day.
It can reinforce mathematical development through the use of finger and counting games, and exploration of musical instruments and sound-makers through sequencing and patterning.
School music lessons benefit reading and language skills. young children can increase the amount, quality and understanding of speech through singing activities.
The physical advantages to singing include increased blood flow and lung capacity, and together with movement or dance it can combat obesity and increase fitness.
School music lessons can foster ,individuality, improve social skills and create more positive attitudes. These effects have been particularly marked in low-ability, disaffected pupils.
"Sing Up is the Music Manifesto’s National Singing Programme for primary school-aged children in England. The £10 million government investment aims to ensure that good quality singing is central to young children’s lives, in primary school, in the home and in the wider community." (Click here for more details)