Since our last week post regarding the piano guys, i have received a few inquiries like other than looking cool, what are the benefits can the kids get from learning an instrument.
So parents, for those of you that are on the fence of whether adding music classes to the list of your school-age kid’s schedule, you will find this week sharing beneficial. Because we are going to share with you 5 benefits of learning an instruments and why you should really consider cultivating your little one up for piano or violin lessons.
Maybe she won’t be the next Mozart, but she definitely will have an easier time in academic learning, and higher chance of becoming a team player.
It improves academic skills
Music and math are highly interconnected. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him/her better understand other areas of math, it’s been proven. By letting your kids understand the beat, rhythm, and scales, they are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns, says Alvin Ng, founder of StringsSingapore in Singapore.
When your children start reciting songs or the classic pieces that he/she playing, it actually helps calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Joel Yap, Suzuki violin teacher at the ViolinMood Music School in Malaysia.
Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as percussion, give them the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.
It boosts self-esteem.
Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not. This skill is easily transferable to public speaking.
Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement.
And finally once your children is advanced enough, she’ll possess musical skills or talent that will help her stand out among his/her peers.
It develops physical skills.
Obviously, while playing an instrument, it will help your children develop coordination and motor skills as they require movement of the hands, arms, and even feet (for some instruments like percussion or piano). With this being said, playing instrument could be great for high-energy kids.
String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare your children for other interests, like dance and sports.
It refines discipline and patience.
Learning an instrument trains your children about delayed gratification. The violin, for instance, has quite a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet.
Playing an instrument teaches your children 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.
Furthermore, group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.
It cultivates social skills.
Music lessons in group setting also encourage your children for team work which in turn helps developing their social skills, a crucial skillset to have in society. Group lessons actually require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as your children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a player is playing too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he will need to adjust.
It’s important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble, Alvin says. Strings Singapore offers general violin and cello music education classes, in which teachers will group the students into groups and assign each child a role in the strings ensemble.
Which Music Lesson Should I Choose?
After knowing the benefits of picking up an instrument for your children, I believe your mind have another question, so which music lesson should I choose?
Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here’s a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:
- Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels?
- Is the instrument too challenging or is it not challenging enough (for both you and your child)?
- Can you afford the instrument and the maintenance that comes with it?
- As a parent, do you like the sound enough to listen to your child practice it for hours at home?
- Is your child specifically interested in a particular music style?
- Does your child’s temperament match the instrument?
While there are no one quick way to determine which instruments is the best for your kids, but many music teachers do agree that it’s hard to go wrong with the piano, percussion, guitar, or violin. Feel free to let Newingtons know your thoughts!