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How music can boost development in Early Years

Posted on 26th of January 2024

Beyond the joy it brings, music has been proven to have a positive impact on the cognitive, emotional and social development of children in Early Years education. And that’s why it plays a big role in our curriculum at Pilgrims.

Here, our Head of Early Years, Miss Goodwin, alongside our Head of Music, Mrs Knight share some of the ways music can boost development for children.

Cognitive development

Music engages various areas of the brain, promoting cognitive development from a very early age.  From memory and pattern recognition to problem-solving, the exposure to music creates a cognitive playground.


Emotional development

Music also helps children express and understand their emotions – plus, it’s a great tool for encouraging self-expression.

At Pilgrims, we encourage our children to connect with their feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

Whether through singing, playing instruments or rhythmic movements, the children learn to express themselves creatively, fostering emotional intelligence and resilience.


Social skills

Collaborative musical activities promote teamwork, cooperation and social interaction.

At Pilgrims the children enjoy group singing, playing instruments and rhythmic games, creating opportunities for them to engage with one another.

These shared musical experiences build a sense of community, encourage communication and help children develop positive relationships with their peers.


Motor skills

Engaging in musical activities involves fine and gross motor skills, contributing to physical development.

Our children participate in activities such as clapping, dancing and playing simple instruments, enhancing their coordination and motor skills.

These activities not only make learning enjoyable but also prepare children for more complex physical challenges as they progress through their educational journey.


Language skills

Songs and rhymes also expand a child’s vocabulary.

The repetition in popular rhymes and songs helps children to memorise new words. They also become familiar with language patterns and how words are placed together.

A well-developed vocabulary enables children to communicate effectively and learn to read with greater fluency and comprehension.


At Pilgrims Pre-Prep, we are committed to providing a rich musical environment that nurtures the mind, body and development of each child.

Through the integration of music into our curriculum, we are sowing the seeds for a lifelong love of learning and creativity.

Learn more about our Early Years offering here.