Below a summary of an excellent article published on Parents.com that explains the benefits of music lessons. Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her/his ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.
November 19th, 2018
Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.
1. It improves academic skills
Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.
2. It develops physical skills.
Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet.
3. It cultivates social skills.
Group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a child is playing his instrument too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he’ll need to adjust. It’s important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble.
4. It refines discipline and patience.
Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. It teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece.
5. It boosts self-esteem.
Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence.
To read the complete article as written by Angela Kwan click here