I love music with a great passion, and I always have. I’ll always be grateful to my parents for encouraging me to take music lessons when I was a child. There are so many reasons why children should learn a musical instrument. Not only does it broaden the mind and widen their horizons, but it also really allows children to express themselves.
Here are just some of the reasons why I think music lessons benefit children.
For children who are unwell, in pain or who are anxious and stressed, music can be a vital tool to use as a form of therapy. Music therapy relieves pain, reduces anxiety and stress and can produce physiological changes in the body, from lower blood pressure and improved breathing to a better cardiac output and relaxed tension in the muscles.
Learning instruments teaches children how to retrieve, store and create memories much more effectively. Playing instruments is a workout for a child’s brain.
Perseverance And Confidence
It isn’t easy to learn how to play any instrument, and the amount of time it takes to learn, practice and perfect a piece of music teaches key perseverance skills that can prove beneficial throughout every element of a child’s life as they grow. Once they are able to play that piece of music, however, their self-confidence will grow and they will have a sense of pride and achievement.
Playing a musical instrument requires a child’s brain to work at a high speed and to develop a greater level of hand-eye coordination. This can help in many other areas of education and life.
Better Math Skills
While music is definitely a creative subject, there are many elements of it that relate to mathematics. Scales, rhythm and beats are all mathematical, and reading music requires children to understand patterns and fractions.
Better Comprehension And Reading Skills
By learning to play music, children can learn to recognize and identify notes and this, in turn, helps them to read and recognize words.
Instruments need to be cared for and cleaned regularly, and if children are made responsible for this element of their music tuition, they will develop a greater sense of responsibility.
History & Culture
There is a very deep history behind music and its theory, and this helps children to develop a greater understanding of culture and heritage. Music reflects its era and culture and by exposing children to a range of genres you can help children to see the past more clearly.
Many children need to find ways of expressing themselves, and music allows them to do this in a very creative way.
Better Listening Skills
Children need to listen to all kinds of different elements when learning music, including speed, pitch and rhythm. This helps to improve listening skills in all other areas.
Better Social Skills
If children play in a band or orchestra, they can develop greater interaction skills and social skills that are essential for everyday life.