Music Pleases, and Benefits, Young Ears
"We think that making music is valuable because it brings out the creative and artistic aspects of children," said music education professor Wendy Sims.
Laurie Lough has seen music's effects on her children.
"I think that they appreciate something," she said. "They don't say, 'Mom, turn off that racket!' when they hear classical music like I'm sure they will when they're older."
Music can also teach children to be persistent, to work toward a goal and to try to create something while working with others.
Pauley said some of the best ways to teach music to kids also are some of the simplest.
"Nursery rhymes are always really good to get started," she explained, "and listening to all sorts of music, getting them started listening to music when they're newborns."