It’s raining, it’s pouring; don’t let your kids stop playing.
Learning to play musical instruments is one of the most common activities that can kids do. However how does it really contribute to your child’s growth? Aside from the fact that that they might grow up to be the next Mozart or Beethoven, being in music classes will help them develop discipline, art appreciation, and a template for future musical inclination.
1. Learn Social Skills
When your child can play a musical instrument, they can join a band or an orchestra. This is a great social setting where they learn to listen and play with other musicians. Like in every team, bonding with the other players or performers is key to good synchronisation and performance. Your child’s confidence will improve too because they feel a sense of belonging in a group as well as they make friends with people with the same interest. Playing a musical instrument is an impressive feat and you will encourage further social development if they continue pursuing this hobby.
2. Appreciate the Arts
Studies have shown that the arts is linked to intelligence. Music is not an assurance that your kid will be smart but it can certainly make them more cultured and appreciating classical music and being open to this genre is a step towards it. It is important to not force a particular genre on your child, it’s better to present options and allow them to identity their own interests. This will make them have better appreciation thus they are more motivated to pursue what they like.
3. Discipline and Patience
Any skill requires practice. Practice requires discipline and patience. It’s important kids commit to their musical learning every day. It has to be every day because that is the kind of regular practice that will train your muscle memory. We aren’t talking long hours of practice, it is recommended to spend a minimum of only 15 minutes a day just so the continuous repetition sticks. The important thing is, you need to love practicing in order to achieve greater success. So it is important not to overdo.
Secondly, people are more motivated to practice if they see progress. A parent’s job is to support and motivate so commend them on their progress. Choose a time and place where your child will be in the best position to practice and commit to it.
4. Raise Self-Esteem
Playing an instrument and performing it in front of an audience is a great confidence booster. The more they perform, the more they feel confident about their personality and being able to present themselves and their talent in front of people. If kids learn to play at a young age, they will be more grounded as teenagers and will raise their self-esteem.
5. Better Mental Health
Many researchers have found that playing a musical instrument could lower the risk of having dementia. Learning a musical instrument requires the use of both the left and right brain hemisphere. Being able to stimulate both sides reduces the risk of later having cognitive impairment and memory loss. This isn’t a guarantee your child will be protected down the line but it’s indisputable that music learning improves studying, focus and even mathematics.
Convinced that learning a musical instrument has lots of benefits for your child? Try out for yourself by sending your child to a music class. There are various schools out there that cater to different needs.
Mini Maestros A Melbourne-based music school institute that offers fun and educational music classes for children from 6 months to 5 years old. Their group kids classes helps kids with their confidence, motor skills and memory. A great way for kids to develop before they start school.