Music is omnipresent in our lives. Whether at the mall or at home, we are often exposed to it in the form of background music. As a result, we — or our children — are not always paying attention to it or to the emotions it may be eliciting in us. However, learning to name and recognize our emotions is an important step in developing the ability to regulate them. Why not use classical music to name the emotions you feel?
Sit with the child and enjoy a moment of classical music. Choose an excerpt, for example, Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld from the Tempo Music Box in the Mazaam app, and listen to it together. Then share the emotions you feel: wanting to dance, energy, good mood, etc. Help the children identify their emotions by asking them questions, moving to the music with them or naming your own emotion. According to Karen Bierman of the University of Pennsylvania and Marcela M. Torres of the University of Colorado, working on regulating emotions at an early age could help the child’s cognitive development by stimulating executive functions*, such as empathy and conflict resolution. It’s an educational activity that should be indulged in as often as the mood takes you!
Bierman, K. L., & Torres, M. (2016). Promoting the development of executive functions through early education and prevention programs. Executive function in preschool age children: Integrating measurement, neurodevelopment and translational research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 10, 14797-014.
**Executive functions: Executive functions are the set of mental processes that a person uses to use effective strategies, set priorities, assess problem-solving options, and adapt to novelty and change.
You’re curious and you want to help children benefit from the positive aspects of music? Mazaam offers two solutions: