Learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely beneficial to children, especially those who are easily bored when watching television or who are showing signs of being a creative genius.
Whilst it is never recommended to turn musical practice into a chore, if your kid shows an interest in a particular musical instrument, then you could hold the key to providing them with countless benefits that will improve their overall quality of life, social skills and cognitive function.
Here are 4 ways that music is extremely beneficial to kids.
A Boost In Their Brain Power
A recent article by a reputable British newspaper has revealed a correlation between increased intelligence and children who play a musical instrument. Mastering how to play the violin, or drums requires a lot of mental focus and patience, as well as learning how to read sheet music.
Music stimulates the parts of the brain that are responsible for reading, emotional development and Mathematics. It will also encourage them to dedicate themselves to improving their skill at the task at hand, whether that be their musical practice or academic homework. There are even playlists that have been compiled specifically for babies to enhance brain development!
Improves Hand Eye Coordination
Learning to play an instrument such as the piano in particular is an excellent way for children to improve their hand eye coordination. They need to learn to think about the next movement of their hands, read sheet music and actively listen to the sounds they are producing all at the same time.
Once they have developed this skill, they will be able to transfer it onto other areas of life that requires the ability to multi-task. Kids who play a musical instrument are also usually very good at team sports such as Netball and hockey.
It Enables Them to Respond To Criticism Better
Part of learning to play a musical instrument successfully entails being able to accept constructive criticism from your teacher or audience and use it to further improve your technique.
Kids can oftentimes be over sensitive, therefore playing a musical instrument where they are either performing in front of their peers, or perhaps taking musical exams has been proven to teach kids to respond to criticism in a positive manner, rather than taking offense to it and allowing their self-esteem to become damaged.
It Instills Discipline
Even the most badly behaved children will be able to discipline themselves if they are passionate about playing a musical instrument. Aside from teaching them to have patience with themselves and continue practicing until they get it right.
They will also be able to commit to dedicating a certain amount of time each day or week to practicing their musical instrument. Usually kids are easily distracted and in a world where instant gratification is rife, they tend to want it all right now.
The challenges they will be faced with when learning new techniques and songs when learning to play a musical instrument will be extremely beneficial in helping them to learn that practice makes perfect and if you want something, then you must work hard for it.