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Here's a playlist that can help your kids do better in school

Compiled by Herb Scribner, Deseret News National Edition

Published: Thu, July 24 6:10 p.m. MDT

 Music has been linked to brain development and helping kids read better. Here's a playlist of songs to help your kid's brain develop.

Music has been linked to brain development and helping kids read better. Here's a playlist of songs to help your kid's brain develop.

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What’s the one thing that can help your kids read, get better grades in school and learn faster?

Music.

It was back in 1993 when a study linked the benefits of music to child development. The study said that Mozart, specifically, helped kids learn to read better.

Twenty years later, a similar study came to the same conclusion. The study found that music — and music education classes — increased literacy for students better than art and no training did.

“Language does have a musical aspect to it, referred to as prosody,” Valerie Strauss wrote for the Post. “And indeed, children’s ability to appreciate the rhythmic aspect of speech is correlated with the ease with which they learn to read, even when controlling for phonemic awareness.”

Playing instruments has also been linked to help children, too. Experts told Boston’s NPR station that learning to play certain rhythms can help kids and those with mental illnesses increase their literacy.

But what music specifically should your child listen to? Here’s a playlist of 10 songs that can help with your kid's brain development:

Baby Chillax — “Bambino”

This relaxing tune can help put your young baby to bed — and give you some peace of mind in the process. After all, students overall do find calmness helpful for them through meditation.

Bryan Adams — “Heaven”

Adams’ simply sweet tune is soft enough to soothe a child of any age. Definitely a good song to help keep your kid calm after a long day, leading to better sleep patterns which have also been linked to success.

The Go Go’s — “Our Lips Are Sealed”

This song is peppy and poppy, good enough to get your young ones up and running in the morning or just enjoying the moment.

The Muppet Show — “Rainbow Connection”

Want your kid to make some friends in school and fit in with the social scene? This classic Muppet tune is perfect for that. It’s all about going on a journey together and figuring out who you are in the inside.

Pharrell Williams — “Happy”

Want to see your kid bust a move real quick? “Happy” is certainly the song for that.

Idina Menzel — “Let It Go”

Not sure this list would be complete without the hit song from “Frozen.” We just couldn't resist.

Beyonce — “Single Ladies”

Believe it or not, some mothers enjoy watching their young ones move to this Beyonce song. It has a jazzy tune to get the feet dancing, and its lyrics are easy enough to understand at any age.

Tchaikovsky — “Swan Lake”

This classic note is perfect to play while your kids are studying. It’s got an uplifting beat that can stimulate your childrens' minds and give them the confidence and poise they need before heading into that dreadful exam.

Vivaldi — “The Four Seasons”

This well-known tune is often seen in television scenes and movie screens. Definitely a must listen for any rising youngster hoping to keep tabs on popular culture.

A*Teens — “Mamma Mia”

Fun and wholesome — this song has to be one of the best for children and parents to enjoy together. It’s peppy and upbeat, and definitely worth a dance number or two.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner

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