Do you have a budding pianist? A drummer wannabe? A future flutist? According to scientists playing a musical instrument is very beneficial to children. So, why should yours learn to play?
They say that music is the universal language. Regardless of where you are from or what your background, a good melody is something that everyone can enjoy and understand. There must be something behind that, right?
For children, music provides many, many benefits. Experts agree, there are lots of good things about letting your child learn to play an instrument
1. Music will improve their brain power
Kids who learn music at an early age will have better word power than others. Music simply stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development.
2. It teaches discipline
“Practice, practice, practice.” To improve in music, you have to not only do well in classes, but devote time to practicing outside of the lessons too. That requires discipline. Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them — and the discipline that parents AND kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself.
3. It improves their memory power
Help your kids remember more (and learn more!) with music. “Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development,” says Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
4. It helps them socially
Picking up an instrument can also help your child break out of their social shell too, experts say. Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline,
5. It can help them connect
Music can be a much-needed connection for kids (and adults too!). “It can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another.
6. It’s a confidence builder
Are there any areas of life that aren’t enhanced by having good confidence? Probably not. And if you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help.They find that they can develop a skill by themselves, that they can get better and better.
7. It teaches patience
We live in a world of instant gratification, but real life demands having patience. When you are playing in a band or orchestra (and most musicians do), you have to be willing to wait your turn to play otherwise the sound is a mess. That inadvertently teaches patience.
8. It’s constant learning
In some pursuits, you can never truly learn everything there is to know. Music is like that. It is inexhaustible — there is always more to learn.