How Singing Helps Children's Mental Health | Musical Play

Updated: May 24

There will always be new tools and ideas, and some will prove very valuable, but we should not let go of the well researched and time proven effects of music and play.

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How Singing Helps Children's Mental Health | Musical Play

We must make sure, as parents, educators, caregivers, therapists and interested parties, that we never forget the basics when it comes to nurturing our children’s mental health.

There will always be new tools and ideas, and some will prove very valuable, but we should not let go of the well researched and time proven effects of music and play.

It pays to check in: How often do we have children sing together? How often does truly joyful music making (without the rush) happen? How often are children free to create and explore music and build on their creations?

Schools and preschools that really value this do a wonderful job of bringing children together musically. It is known that it has a hugely beneficial effect, and should be absolutely encouraged and championed in schools (and homes too).


The combination of music and play is a vital component of childhood that is so often easily overlooked despite the evidence and the joy it brings – which means we need to be vocal and advocate for it.

Music and play is not merely for fun, it is not just to fill a gap or tick a curriculum box. Music making, singing together and creating are fundamental aspects of childhood that we should value and demand.

Let the children sing!