Spotting Musical intelligence in your child

Are your children good at remembering songs and melodies? Or at singing and dancing?

If yes, they show signals of musical intelligence. Let’s see together what it is and what signs indicate it is particularly developed.

Almost two decades after the book’s publication, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner, terms such as multiple intelligence have become common in our daily lives. In some way, the professor of neurophysiology from the University of Harvard confirmed what teachers and parents had always said: children learn in different ways. 

In that book, Gardner suggests that each person possesses a portfolio of various types of intelligence. He mentioned eight categories of thinking: linguistic, math-logic, visual and spatial, interpersonal, kinaesthetic, naturalistic, and musical. We have a dominant one that combines with others differently from individual to individual.

In particular, musical intelligence is the ability to enjoy, create, and express musical forms. Playing an instrument is a clear sign of its development but thinking of associating intelligence with a single ability would be simplistic.

People with this inclination can hear and recognize patterns easily. For example, they look for patterns in nature or new information to increase learning. They also search them in speeches and language. They remember things by turning them into lyrics or rhymes. They usually have a strong appreciation of music and are sensitive to rhythm and sounds. Of course, they can easily understand musical structures, notes, and tones.

Most of the skills linked to musical intelligence become more evident with age. But how can we detect it in kids?

Sounds sensitivity

Does your little one love to dance? They might not be the next Strictly Come Dancing star (yet), but if they are able to dance to a beat, this is a sign that your child understands music tempo.

Singing is also a sign of musical intelligence in children. Little popstars who can remember lyrics after simply hearing them a few times or sing in tune and enjoy singing together with others also could be showing signs of musical intelligence.

If they they tend to remember things by turning them into lyrics or rhymes, this is also a great sign of musical ability.

Searching for patterns

Some children try to detect patterns around them as a way of learning. They search for a scheme in the tree structures, city buildings and games. If they are playing with wooden blocks, for instance, children probably build towers replicating a sequence.

As musical language reproduces patterns of notes in the staff, these children will likely feel comfortable learning it.

Music toys are their favourite

For detecting a child’s dominant mental processing, you should look at them when they play with to see what activities or toys, they prefer.

Children have a lot of fun with music toys. Beyond that, it is also proven that listening to music or playing an instrument at an early age enhances kids’ growth. Many scientists conclude that music helps the brain’s development. It produces physical effects on the brain structure and functions, improving many cognitive skills such as language, memory, and attention.

Parents can play a role in developing the musical aptitude of their children by doing simple actions. Singing songs is a good way to engage your child in musical activities, dancing, or putting music on too. But the best way to train musical intelligence is learning to play an instrument.

You can give children the opportunity to make this experience through play, which is the most appropriate way to acquire basic skills for them.

Music toys are very suitable for introducing children to learn music. It is also a great opportunity to explore various instruments to verify your kid’s inclination toward a particular one.

Hape toys range includes some high-quality toys made from sustainable materials designed to inspire toddlers and pre-schoolers to play music for real.

They can start playing from a young age with Hape Stacking Music Set. This is great for children who are exploring the world of music with bright colours to attract attention.

For the future DJ children can learn how to play piano or create the latest new DJ mix track with Hape DJ Mix and Spin Studio. This toy comes with stickers for the keys and a colourful music guide so children can teach themselves new songs.

If your child loves playing with others, then the Hape Mini Band Set is a great option. This set includes a ukulele, tambourine, clapper, rattle and a rainmaker. The ukulele has nylon strings which are gentle on children’s hands too.

If you have detected some music intelligence signals, encourage your child to explore this creative side and remember us when they are playing a sold-out Wembley Arena!