At a glance, learning music at a young age can provide man benefits for the children. Regardless of your background, music is something everyone can enjoy and understand. Learning music instills lessons in hard work, practice, and discipline. The earlier a child starts music, the more the brain growth will be influenced. This sets them up for life and allows them to do better not only academically, but also socially. Music promotes active listening which allows them to gain deeper connections with their peers.
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How Music Benefits Children
There are increasing studies that show a correlation between higher academic achievement and music. Participation in music at an early age improves a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development. In fact, music stimulates the parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development. Using music to develop these parts of the brain and improving memory will give your child a mental advantage not only in school but later in life as well. Additionally, music offers lessons in patience and discipline. Music inadvertently teaches patience when children have to wait their turn to play when performing in groups. It also directly teaches patience as it takes a lot of hard work to become proficient in an instrument. To improve in music, you not only have to do well in lessons but also practice outside of lessons. Practicing requires discipline with repetition and taking the time to devote solely to music.
Music assists in active listening, which is beneficial in things ranging from having conversations to building more satisfying friendships. This creates greater connections for kids and adults. Picking up an instrument allows for one to break out of their social shell. Being part of a musical ensemble gives life skills such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and how to appreciate the rewards of working together. It also allows children to develop the leadership skills and discipline to constantly improve not only at their instrument but also personally. An additional plus, music is a universal language. Learning music allows children to learn to embrace different cultures through their music.
There was a study that asked parents and teachers to note any changes in their child’s socio-emotional well-being over a year. The children who had chosen to learn an instrument were considered to be less anxious than those who had received only groups lessons. These children were also thought to internalize their problems less compared to other children. Music is, first and foremost, a creative pursuit. Being creative satisfies the mind, body, and soul because it allows for expression. Using music, children are able to explore their emotions and better understand who they are. They also find confidence as they develop skills by themselves and constantly improve.
Start your child on the path towards a musical education. Musiking introduces young children ages 2-6 to the wonders of music through exposure to various instruments and music theory. Contact Performing Arts to learn more about Musiking lessons for your child.