5 Reasons Your Child Will Benefit From Playing A Musical Instrument,
Playing a musical instrument is an excellent extra-curricular activity that every child can benefit from, especially if they start at a young age. Playing an instrument has been shown to increase intelligence, maturity, concentration and discipline. Furthermore, this lifelong skill will always be a creative outlet for your child to help them cope with the daily stresses of school and work.
Numerous studies have shown that learning to play a musical instrument rewires the brain and forms connections between different parts of the brain that would not have otherwise been engaged. Examples include connecting the limbic system, responsible for emotion, to the motor system, responsible for the fine motor control over fingers. Other parts are engaged as well, allowing the brain to create higher order memories and integrate sensory and motor capabilities. Children who play a musical instrument have also been shown to have higher IQ’s or intelligence quotas than their peers who do not play an instrument or participate in any type of music lessons. This has also shown a correlation to higher standardized test scores and grade point averages in school, all of which can lead to higher education and career potential.
Teaches Discipline and Commitment
Learning how to play a musical instrument takes a lot of practice, hard work and dedication. It is not a skill that is acquired over night, or even days or months. This is a skill that takes years to develop, and always has room for improvement. But starting from the first day, it teaches children how to set and follow a schedule of practice because daily, methodical practice is required. It also teaches a child about commitment, and demonstrates to them that by investing time and effort into a particular endeavor can lead to achievement of certain outcomes. A child can create goals for himself, such as participating in annual recitals at school or church, and work towards this goal.
Instills a Sense of Teamwork
By learning how to play a musical instrument from an early age, it opens the door for the child to participate in an orchestra or other group of musicians in school, church or other community organizations. This is very important because it teaches the child how to work and cooperate with others people, perhaps under the leadership of a teacher, maestro or conductor. Your child will learn how to contribute his or her strengths to a group, depend on others to compensate for his or her weaknesses and take and improve from constructive criticism by elders as well as peers. This will be indescribably important when the child becomes an adult and has to work with others in a professional environment. He or she will learn how to communicate diplomatically to achieve a common goal.
If a child becomes proficient at an instrument, he or she may even consider giving lessons to others. This is also a great hobby for the child, for example during long summer vacations, and a great way for your child to make some money from his or her skill. This teaches a sense of leadership to the child, and will help him or her grow and mature as a person.
Music Provides a Creative Outlet
Finally, music leaves the child with a lifelong creative outlet to unwind from the stresses of school or work. Sometimes a person just needs a break from everything, and music is a great way to unwind and lose yourself for a few moments. This can be very important during times of stress, or simply when other coping mechanisms for stress are not practical or useful.
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