They say where words fail, music speaks. Much in the same way, music can be medicine for the mind. Lilting music is found to affect the unborn child positively. We have all seen even an infant enjoying the lullaby his mother sings to him or the familiar tune that his favourite toy plays. Music soothes the soul and is the language that everybody speaks right from the beginning. In GCC areas, music plays a wide role in religious, social and interpersonal lives.
Musical experiences help form cognitive and neural pathways in the early development years of a child. Matatalab delves deeper into the role of assimilating non-musical skills with music and observing the results. They find that multiple neural systems are hence engaged and so it fosters communication between both hemispheres of the brain and accelerates development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition, mathematical learning and reading skills. Studies in the Middle East have shown that children who learn to play an instrument and are consistent with their practice have shown an incredible increase in their IQ levels by 3 points.
Matatalab uses STEM learning to help students develop essential skills and social-emotional learning which will have a positive impact on the future of these learners. Matatalab’s solutions are a combination of tools that require the use of devices as well as offline play and screen-free coding. The Matatalab platform holds the attention of the students while entertaining them and inspiring them to explore and learn more. Its solutions combine subjects taught in school along with coding in ways that stimulate children to gain more knowledge. And adding to its repertoire it now introduces a musical add-on accessory that you can use in tandem with all tools on the platform. It encourages children to develop a liking for music.
Matatalab is a technology, education company, established in 2017, that is reshaping the way that children between the ages of 3 to 9 years can learn coding. In Dubai as well as the rest of the UAE, the use of Matatalab’s coding robots has been exponential and it has become a much-sought-after tool by educational establishments for their ground-breaking STEAM solutions. It now includes an Innovative Music Learning Tool where children can learn how to compose their favourite melody and through its various combinations also create their very own. This music add-on accessory has 16 Alto Clef Music Blocks, 16 Treble Clef Music Blocks, 10 melody blocks with pre-set melodies that kids can combine with robots or scenes they create while learning how to code and 3 double-sided music warm-up cards. Additionally, these patented tools help in sensory development as well.
Learning to string a musical piece together using these music blocks improves coordination and memory. With the correct teacher guidance and parent encouragement, these students can become more socially adept and better at coping with anxiety. They are also poised to become better communicators. Using Matatalabs music add-on accessory improves listening skills as in addition to instructions from the teacher, they also need to listen for speed, rhythm and pitch.
This accessory allows you to shuffle through the Do, Re, Me… Ti scale of notes and learn composition and beats through programming. In this manner, children can often compose their own songs. This activity also allows them to build up their patience and perseverance, which are handy skills to master when tackling difficult challenges faced later on in life. Reading and composing music is translated by the brain into the physical motion of playing that instrument thereby improving hand-eye coordination. Improve your creativity by adding that beautiful song to your coding adventure.