The Benefits of Music Lessons
Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune his or her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.
We know that in normal times parents have a lot going on and are like taxi drivers bringing our children to and from Scouts, Football or Soccer or other activities.
But here is what music lessons can do for your child...
Improves academic skills
Music and maths are intertwined. By your child understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.
As kids get older, they'll start reciting or practicing songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory.
For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.
It helps to develops physical skills
Certain instruments, like percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids,
String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. It's kind of like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time .
Instruments not only help develop ambidexterity, but they can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.
It cultivates social skills
Group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a child is playing his instrument too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he'll need to adjust. It's important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble.
Whether a team is responsible for choosing instruments or creating a melody, students work toward a common goal.
It helps refines discipline and patience
Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. The violin, for example, has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet.
Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time.
Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.
It boosts self-esteem
Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence.
Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking, she adds. And, of course, once a child is advanced enough, she'll possess musical skills that will help her stand out.
It introduces children to other cultures.
By learning about and playing a variety of instruments, kids can discover how music plays a critical role in other cultures. For instance, bongos and timbales may introduce children to African and Cuban styles of music. Although the modern-day violin has roots in Italy, learning to play it exposes children to classical music popularized by German and Austrian musicians. Versatile instruments, such as the violin and piano, can accompany a wide repertoire of styles, including classical and jazz (which originated in the American South). It's important to familiarize children with other cultures at a young age because this fosters open-mindedness about worlds and traditions beyond the ones they know.
What to Consider When Selecting an Instrument
Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here's a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:
- Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels?
- Is the instrument too challenging or is it not challenging enough (for both you and your child)?
- Does your child's temperament match the instrument?
- Can you afford the instrument and what options are there?
- As a parent, do you like the sound enough to listen to your child practice it for hours at home or is there an alternative version of the instrument (like with drums for example, an electronic kit with headphones are commonly used for home practicing?
- Is your child specifically interested in a particular music style? If so, factor that into your instrument choice, as some specifically cater to certain styles. For instance, a violin player will have a hard time fitting in a jazz ensemble or an acoustic guitar player a hard time fitting in with an orchestra!
Experts don't always agree on which instruments are best for big kids to learn, but many music teachers do agree that it's hard to go wrong with the Guitar, Piano, Drums & Percussion, Recorder or Violin.
We hope this guide helps.
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