If you are a parent, you want your children to be happy. One big part of helping your kids achieve happiness is being able to encourage their creativity, imagination, and self-expression. Learning to play an instrument is a fantastic way to help your child develop all of these qualities.
When children learn how to play an instrument, research shows that they experience immediate gains. These include cognitive benefits that improve performance in school, an increase in self-esteem, and a boost in creative thought.
The weight of learning an instrument and following a lesson schedule is very similar to what occurs at school. By taking lessons, students are strengthening their ability to improve their skills.
Not only does this advance them in terms of learning the instrument but also advances them in academics; Children who are subject to practice and work in one area are very likely to transfer it to another.
On a smaller scale, taking music lessons (or, in general, playing instruments) provides great benefits to motor skills and brain function, both of which are necessary in school. As children's' minds develop, learning songs or practicing scales greatly aids in improved hand-eye coordination and memory.
Music lessons are also a great way to build self-esteem. When kids learn how to play an instrument, they learn how to follow step by step directions, how to persevere despite frustration and setbacks, and how to overcome adversity. These are all life skills that will help them in any other endeavor they go on to pursue.
In addition to that, kids who are exposed to the structure and discipline of music lessons are better prepared for future activities and for life than those who are not. When music lessons are an important part of a child’s life, they learn to develop a strong sense of self, confidence and discipline.
Eventually, this practice pays off at performances. The child is then given a sense of accomplishment and an improvement in their self-esteem. Playing an instrument and progressively becoming better at it builds confidence in children and allows them to carry this confidence with them into other areas of their lives.
After becoming more advanced at an instrument children are able to compose music. With the library of musical techniques brought to them by the lessons, anything is possible to create.
This increase in creativity can be brought to other subjects as well. Since music is an art, the creativity students achieve by taking lessons can be applied to other forms of art or, more importantly, their professional lives. Creative thinking is crucial in the world and yields new ideas that progress society.
By having children take music lessons, we are planting a seed of creativity that will grow later on.
Though music helps people of all ages, the benefits it brings to children are much greater. The curiosity that arises from the complexity of learning a new instrument will stimulate the child’s mind in many ways. As a child's brain develops, it acts like a sponge, absorbing information and applying it to other areas in life.
With the right approach, playing a musical instrument can be an extraordinary experience for children. Kids who study music learn the value of discipline, practice, and patience. They are better able to focus on a single task for long periods of time. They also become better at problem-solving, socializing, and communicating. All of these skills, rooting early on, allows children to develop and retain beneficial habits, leading to a fuller and happier life.