Everyone loves music. But, did you know that music can significantly improve your child’s life? Yes, it’s true. Music is a skill that every child should learn. Keep reading for six reasons why your child should begin learning music today.
Six Reasons for children to learn music
Learning music doesn’t have to mean learning an instrument. This is generally the way that children learn instruments. And, indeed, a discussion of the many different instruments appropriate for children follows in reason #6. However, learning music history or theory will provide the benefits mentioned below as well.
Typically, children are introduced to music education in elementary school. This is not the only avenue for learning music, however. There are music classes for toddlers as well as young children. You can go to this guide to learn how to determine if your child is ready for formal music lessons. Also, consider the following six benefits of learning music.
1. Increases academic ability.
Studies have shown that learning music improves a child’s memory, math skills, and academic performance overall. You can check out this Ted-ED talk for more information about how music education affects brain development.
Music and math are also intertwined, so it makes sense that learning music would help a child in math class. In fact, in the ancient world and early middle ages music was considered a math and science field, not a humanities one. That this has changed over the years does not change the fact that math and music are very closely linked. Music can, therefore, help your child understand math better.
2. Teaches concentration.
One of the ways that learning music can improve a child’s overall academic performance is by teaching them concentration. Learning music, especially a musical instrument like a piano, takes concentration – especially during COVID-19 when piano lessons have moved online. Lessons must be sat through. The child has to put in concentrated practicing to make progress. This process teaches them to preserve and concentrate in their pursuit of a new skill.
Music is not just a solo endeavor. Most instruments belong to some type of ensemble. Orchestras and bands abound with opportunities for your child to play in a group. Even seemingly solo instruments like the piano and harp can be taught in a group. They even occasionally make an appearance in ensembles.
The experience of playing music in a group is extremely different than solo playing. The child has to listen and coordinate their movements with others. This improves social skills, and, like playing sports, can be a very rewarding social experience.
4. Develops fine motor coordination.
Playing music involves a lot of fine motor coordination. It does not matter what instrument your child is playing, it will involve lots of fine fingers, hand, and arm movement. Even the feet are involved in playing the organ, piano, harp, and drum set.
By learning music, a child develops their fine motor skills. Their eye-hand coordination will also be strengthened. Reading music and playing an instrument at the same time is a difficult skill that involves a lot of eye, brain, and body coordination.
5. It provides confidence and self-esteem.
Learning music is not easy. It takes dedication, patience, and a lot of time for your child to increase their skills. But, that process can provide a lot of confidence and self-esteem.
It is not just their learning that can boost a child’s self-confidence. Most children will play their instrument in front of an audience at some point, even if it just their family. Positive feedback on their process goes a long way towards creating confident kids with high self-esteem.
6. There are lots of instruments to choose from.
One final reason why you may want to allow your child to learn music is that there are a lot of instrument options available. There are so many instruments in the world, and many ensembles to join, that your child can choose the one they like the most.
The piano is one of the most popular instruments for beginner child musicians. The piano is a great beginner instrument because its keys are laid out logically. They are concrete representations of the music your child is learning to read on the page. It can be much easier for a child to learn to read music when they are simultaneously having piano lessons.
Learning music can be a fulfilling and world-changing experience for anyone. Adults can receive the benefits mentioned in this article just as well as kids. Yet, children are still completing the majority of their development. Learning music is important for improving a child’s academic performance, concentration, social skills, fine motor coordination, and confidence.
With all of the benefits of music education, there is no reason not to allow your child to begin learning music. Why not give your child the greatest head-start of all? Help them choose an instrument and begin learning music today.