Music and social skills: helping your child to connect

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Introduction: Music and social skills

Music and social skills in today’s digital age, nurturing social skills in children has become increasingly important.  Music, with its universal language and inherent social aspects, provides a unique platform for fostering these skills in an engaging and enriching manner.

Step into the labyrinth of social growth where every note harmonizes with the melody of connection.  In this realm of rhythm and rapport, children with musical awareness learn the language of empathy and boundless social skills like friendship and tune their hearts to collaboration.  Welcome to the world where music not only fills the air with melody but also teaches kids the art of social skills and forming meaningful relationship.

From musical notes to social nurturing

By incorporating music into their child’s life, the parents are not only bonding with them with a powerful foundation for a healthy,  happy and successful life but also fostering their child’s social and emotional competence.

Research has shown that music can have a significant impact on a child’s motor and cognitive skills, as well as their Socio Economical development.

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  1. Self-awareness

Singing songs, playing instruments and moving to the rhythm and listening to music are excellent ways for young children to develop self-awareness.

Music can provide them with a creative outlet to express their feelings and emotions, while allowing them to explore their identity and make sense of their experiences.  They can also explore and learn about their physical and mental capabilities as they experiment musical styles and genres.  To encourage self-awareness, play a variety of songs and ask them to identify these tunes and how each tune makes them feel. Children are extremely sensitive to emotional nuances of music.

  1. Social awareness

When children are exposed to diverse musical styles, they will understand and appreciate different traditions or cultures.  To facilitate this the children have to listen to music from different countries and cultures.  You can also expose them to songs that celebrate diversity and inclusion, such as

“We are the world”

“Colours of the wind” and


  1. Skills related to relationships

To build positive connections with others relationship skills are crucial.  By participating in musical activities, children learn to develop trust, communicate effectively, cooperate with their peer group and try and resolve their conflicts.

A fun way to promote this is to sing a song where each person is given a different part and must surely listen to.  Coordinate with others, highlighting each other’s unique contributions.  Another interesting activity is to “Follow the Leader” where children lead and follow, in turns the person who is leading the musical activity also responding to that.

  1. Self-regulation

Taking self-awareness one step further music can also help children learn self-regulation, an important aspect of the conscious discipline philosophy.  Being able to recognise and understand different emotions helps children react appropriately, maintain composure and control their behaviour.  Children will learn dependability and resilience in the face of difficult situations.  When they manage their Emotions they are better equipped to stay calm, when overwhelmed, solve problems and cope with stress.  An engaging way to exercise self-regulation skills is by playing musical chairs with one’s child.  This promotes social awareness, follow rules, control their impulses and stay focussed to remain in the game.

  1. Responsible decision-making

Learning to make responsible decisions is an essential part of growing up.  Through musical experiences, children learn how to assess their options, make choices and take responsibility for their actions.   For this one can create a musical story book with them.  Together a story can be created and make choices about the characters and events including the music that goes along with each scene.  Music can also be selected for costumes and props.  These delightful activities will encourage one’s child proactive decision-making skills while making memories.

How music can help your child connect socially?

  1. Communication and Expression

Music is universal; allowing children to communicate and express themselves in ways words alone cannot. They show or convey emotions through playing instruments, singing or even dancing.  The same with thoughts and ideas. This ability to express themselves fosters confidence and encourages social interaction as they share their musical creations with others.

2. Collaboration and co operation

Sharing musical experiences teaches valuable communication skills to the child. When they engage in group activities like singing in a choir or playing in a band it enhances social skills by encouraging collaboration and cooperation.

3. Empathy and emotional intelligence

Your children can develop empathy towards oneself and others and emotional intelligence by connecting with the emotions expressed in lyrics, melodies and rhythms. Collaborative musical activities also help by fostering empathy and strengthening emotional bonds through shared experiences music is powerful medium for expressing and processing one’s own emotions.

4. Cultural awareness and diversity.

Music serves as a gateway to cultural diversity awareness by exposing individuals to wide genres and array of musical traditions, styles and instruments, from different cultures around the world. Through listening, performing diverse musical expressions children gain a deeper appreciation for cultural richness and develop empathy and respect for the cultural identities of others.

“A few take-aways”

  • Stimulates creativity and  imagination.
  • Makes them think outside the box.
  • Boosts Self-confidence and Resistance.
  • Overcomes challenges and master new skills.
  • Cultivates open-mindedness and a well-rounded world view.


In conclusion, integrating music into social skills development for children yields extraordinary outcomes that surpass conventional methods.  The harmonious combination of musical activities and social interaction cultivates a unique learning environment, fostering empathy, communication, and cooperation among participants.  This innovative approach not only enhances traditional social skill development but also ignites creativity and emotional intelligence in children by harnessing the power of music, educators can unlock a world of limitless possibilities for nurturing well-rounded and socially adept individuals.

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