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Our Favourite Reasons to Learn to Play an Instrument at an Early Age

Learning to play an instrument can be fun as well as helping your child develop motor skills and a love for music.

 

Billy Joel once said, "I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music". 

Whether your child has a natural musical talent or they've yet to discover one, there are many benefits to learning how to play an instrument at a young age. Stay tuned (no pun intended) to your child's interests as you help them discover what instrument might unleash their inner Beethoven / Ed Sheeran.

Learning to play an instrument enhances academic capacities:

Throughout history there have been many scholars who allege that music and mathematics are related. By comprehending and experiencing the concept of rhythm and beats, children are also learning how to create divisions and multiplications, and more simply having to count. "It seems that music wires a child's brain to help [them] better understand other areas of math", Kleiner, Music Rhapsody.

They'll improve a vast array of skills:

It's been said that learning how to play an instrument has a knock-on effect on improving physical, social, memory and literacy skills. Some instruments enable children to advance their co-ordination/motor skills since they demand that the child uses certain parts of their bodies to play them, for instance, in using their hands or feet, and even tongues! Music lessons often require performances that help to develop confidence and may incorporate group work - which enables the social space for classmate interaction/communication, collaboration and problem solving. It has also been argued that memory becomes much improved because learning how to play an instrument, involves the child being trained in generating, storing and recalling how to do so for the next time they play the instrument or for recitals. Similarly, learning how to play an instrument involves the ability to read music and to understand it. It has been recognised that through the child's comprehension of the various notes needed to play the instrument, and how to do so and for how long, they boost their literacy skills as well as their ability to concentrate and succeed in other classes.

Confidence and self-worth:

Playing an instrument at a young age is an impressive achievement. It involves much dedication, efforts, and practice. Without feeling pressured, your child will subconsciously set goals, for instance, achieving a certain grade level or simply learning their favourite song. They also learn a valuable life lesson - the more you put in the more you can achieve, and the age old saying that practice makes perfect. As they begin to achieve, their immediate community (e.g. family, friends) will recognise their work and this in turn increases the child's sense of importance and self-esteem. Children who lack confidence can often find that putting an instrument between them and an audience gives them the space and the need to develop their performance skills.

Discipline and responsibility

Playing an instrument, is not just about skill and ability, it's also about the ability to stay dedicated over time, and to keep up their efforts - this can involve seemingly obvious and simple tasks, for example, keeping their instrument in an acceptable condition / cleaning it. These are life skills that will help your child mature, and hopefully they will start to take responsibility for their own actions.

 

 

 
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