Between baseball, soccer, gymnastics and cell phones, our children’s schedules are packed with fun activities. If you were on the fence about adding music lessons into the weekly grind, here are a few reasons why music lessons might be an important activity for your child to be involved in.
- Learning to play an instrument helps teach children how to concentrate, focus and be patient. During a lesson, so many different skills are being learned. Students are essentially learning how to read an entirely new language. Children are learning to be present and in the moment and to focus on the music and the technique it takes to make the music.It’s a great way for kids to clear their minds of stress for an hour a week and concentrate on an amazing art.
- Music lessons help develop speech, cognitive skills and social abilities. “Music study requires a high degree of precision in auditory processing: being almost in tune is not good enough. This means that musically trained children are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading, better comprehension, and also a greater ability to interpret what other people– children and adults – are really saying.” (The Royal Conservatory) https://www.rcmusic.com/sites/default/files/files/RCM_MusicEducationBenefits.pdf
- Learning an instrument boosts self-esteem.Music lessons offer an activity where children can learn to accept and utilize constructive criticism. Overcoming negative feedback with practice and accomplishing goals will help build confidence and self-esteem in students. Recitals and other performance opportunities will help build confidence in other non-musical areas like public speaking. Also, having a musical skill can help a child stand out from everyone else, further adding to her self-confidence.
- Would you rather your child be playing video games or learning a new song on their instrument? Having music to learn and practice puts those young brains to use!Your child can fight rainy day boredom by simply picking up their instrument. Plus, I’d choose to hear Billy Joel or Mozart being played than the dull drones of a video game.
As parents, at the end of the day we hope we’ve instilled in our children that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, and learning an instrument is a major accomplishment for any student!