We love reading helpful articles online regarding children and music. Especially when they are written (for and by) parents. Thus, when we came across this article, we couldn’t wait to share it with you!
November 9th, 2018
“When my oldest son was in second grade, we signed him up for piano lessons. He wasn’t exactly thrilled about it, but he agreed. A few years later, we signed up his younger brother. For four years now, our kids have been tickling the ivories (or rather, awkwardly banging the keys). They aren’t musical prodigies by any stretch of the word, and they don’t exactly love music lessons, but we remain steadfast in our commitment.
Why? Why do we continue to spend time and money having our kids learn and practice something that they don’t particularly enjoy?
The reason is simple: Music is important. VERY IMPORTANT.”
1. They are good for your brain – and your heart.
Research shows that music will help our kids develop other skills we consider more “essential” – things like math, spelling, and grammar
2. Playing the music requires excellent motor skills, which are controlled in both hemispheres of the brain.
“It turns out that while listening to music engages the brain in some pretty interesting activities, playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout,” researchers say.
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “Why I Make My Kids Take Music Lessons” an article published on scarymommy.com by Christine Organ
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