Music Therapy can assist with development of non-musical goals
Music and Self Regulation
Music Therapy can assist children with executive function. Executive Function is the combination of inhibition, working memory and flexibility within young children. The planned use of early childhood music can involve many of the executive function skills that can assist children develop an ability to learn and develop within school. Dr Kate William describes the role of music and self regulation within the following article.
Speech and Language development through music
Music that is developmentaly appropriate can help to train and develop speech and lanuage skills within young children. Children can learn to use a singing voice and a speaking voice; to combine whole body movement with sounds and rhymes; to play tuned and untuned percussion instruments; to make choices and connect with favourite songs using voice and visual cues.
Music Therapy may also be used to strengthen and target oromotor development. Children may find music a motivating stimuli to strengthen and develop awareness of the orormotor skills and to practice isolated sounds using rhythm and play.