Why Music?



I think that most people will agree that music plays some role in their lives. Whether you listen to the radio, sing in the shower or have musical ability, it is something we cannot escape. From as early as the womb we hear the rhythms of our mother’s heart beat, we hear voices speak in sing song patterns and hear the sounds of nature and the world around us.

Music can be comforting, motivating, spiritual or educational and because of its versatility and universality, it can be used in many different ways. In our early years it can serve as a bonding tool between parent and child; as children music can be an educational vehicle for us to learn social or verbal skills through the structure and motivation of music; and it can just be plain old fun to fill the hours in the day. Music is experienced with all of our senses: we can hear the flutter of a flute, watch someone play the piano, shake a maraca, or smell the wood of a beautiful guitar. Even have thoughts or memories of things we have tasted like the taste of salt water on our lips after a day at the beach.
Music serves similar purposes for adults as children, but we may also benefit from imagery or relaxation. It continues to play a more social role in our lives whether we are dancing the night away with friends or sing a lullaby to our little one. Our precious experiences with music from infancy to adulthood meld into memories of relationships and build layers into our musical histories. Musical ability does not determine the role music has in our lives. Embrace music for yourself personally and in having it be a learning and bonding tool for your family. It is the experiences we have and the opportunities we provide for our families that make the most beautiful memories. A crying infant is comforted more by a caregiver’s voice or the familiarity of a family lullaby, than a musician’s masterpiece.
I am excited to be adding a music column so that I may use my talents and education to help you find other ways to incorporate music into your lives. I am hoping that it will be resourceful and inspiring for you and your families as I will feature different music-related ideas, information, recommendations and tips. I am a Master’s level Music Therapist and also have my B.A. in Music and am thrilled to bring more music into your lives.
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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. Life More Simply says:

    Great! I'm excited as a Rec. Therapist who started out in a music therapy program. :-)

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