Importance of Music for Children with Special Needs

Music is an effective means to stimulate brain development and learning skills.  Learning to play an instrument helps children focus on timing, and rhythm while allowing them to express themselves creatively through music.


Music helps children in a plethora of areas to do with their cognitive function, regardless of what their special needs may be. Children with intellectual disabilities can use music as an outlet to make them feel good about themselves and to feel relaxed. This is especially true with percussion instruments that require attention to rhythms, such as the piano or drums.

Nonverbal children & children with language difficulties, can use music to help them vocalize by making sounds or different noises & can act as a medium through which they can express themselves.  A child with ADD or ADHD for example can focus on the musical components of a song to help them increase their attention span.  Music education can help children with special needs establish a greater sense of logic and organization, as music relies on the implementation of sound and rhythmic patterns.


It has even been suggested that using a musical instrument that requires swift motions (i.e. guitar, trombone, violin, drums) improves children’s motor skills and multitasking skills. In addition to paying attention to their motions, they must also concentrate on the music that’s being produced.


Creating and playing music gives children with special needs a sense of accomplishment while working on improving their cognitive areas.  Many argue that that early music education is extremely beneficial to all children because it increases the development of many areas of their brain and helps them improve memory retention.

This is why CDSS is a strong advocate for children with disabilities engaging with music as a tool for their growth & development.  Our focus & commitment to music is second to none & we have the right musical teachers that are specially trained with getting your special child involved in music to expand their potentials & improve the way they engage with people around them & society in general.


It is our belief that Learning challenges can affect a child emotionally, physically, behaviourally and/or cognitively. CDSS views music as an optimal medium to help the most important person in your life improve in all these areas. We also believe that children with disabilities including ADHD who learn to play an instrument can develop a strong desire to learn & mature.  Music helps the brain of a special needs child develop; it helps build-up and strengthen their auditory abilities, as well as the visual/spatial, and motor cortices of their brain. These are the areas related to speech and language, reading, focusing, attention, and concentration issues.  Additionally, Children who have difficulty in focusing when there is background noise are particularly benefited by the introduction of music in their lives.


They say that music makes the world go around & this is why CDSS is committed to encouraging families to use music as an effective medium to employ in our efforts to guide children with disabilities to achieve their highest potentials.