The benefits of music for children are vast and many – especially for those that engage in music actively by learning an instrument. If you are considering signing your child up for music lessons, here are seven potentially life-changing benefits you can expect.
1. Fosters a sense of responsibility
Most instruments require some level of maintenance to keep them looking and sounding their best, a task that kids can take responsibility for. What’s more, kids will learn to follow a practice and lesson schedule.
2. Teaches patience
Becoming a competent musician doesn’t happen overnight – it takes hours upon hours of hard work. Kids must have patience as they set out to achieve their musical goals. The violin, for example, requires a lot of patience just to learn how to hold the bow correctly.
3. Gives insight into new cultures
Music reflects history, and many instruments have roots that date back centuries. When you expose your child to the likes of jazz, Baroque, and blues music, you teach them about new cultures, significant events, and historic attitudes.
4. Improves self-esteem
Learning an instrument – especially through a graded system like the Trinity College London method offered here at the Liverpool Academy of Music – is a fantastic way to demonstrate that, when you put in the time, you will see results. As a child’s dedication starts to pay off, you may see a spike in their confidence and self-esteem. And this can have a far-reaching positive impact on all facets of their lives.
5. Boosts coordination
Playing an instrument is incredibly taxing on the brain – it has to work quickly and efficiently. Kids have to concentrate on several tasks, including reading music and moving their hands to produce the desired sound. Think about the trombone, for example. Instead of keys or strings, a slide tube has to be moved to the precise position at the precise time to achieve the correct note.
6. Promotes self-expression
Playing music is an outlet for creativity, an accessible and safe way children can express themselves. By learning an instrument – whether that be the evocative piano or upbeat saxophone – they can communicate their emotions in a way that’s healthy and productive.
7. Encourages socialisation and collaboration
Although playing an instrument is a fantastic solo activity, it’s also a great way for kids to improve their social skills and learn how to collaborate. Picking up an instrument opens up a whole host of new opportunities – from joining the school band to forming a rock’n’roll group with friends.
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