- 6 Benefits of Music Lessons for youth
Between dance and sports, your kid’s schedule is jam-packed with fun extra-curricular activities. So why add music lessons to the list? Maybe they won’t become the next Mozart, but they may improve academically, practice better manners, and build more confidence. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.
1. It Develops Academic Skills
Albert Einstein was not a revolutionary physicist, but a violinist playing and performing Mozart’s sonatas before reaching high school. By the time he reached the age of thirty, he had revolutionized the way humanity viewed time and space, forever distinguishing himself as an intellectual icon.
Fact: music is math. Through understanding rhythm, beat, and scales, children are learning how to create fractions, divide, and recognize patterns. Music is incredibly stimulating, and it is impossible to play music without counting. Research studies have also shown that music improves memory. A child can also learn about basic physics through playing an instrument. For example, plucking guitar strings or violin teaches children about sympathetic and harmonic vibrations.
2. It Cultivates Physical Skills
The movement of hands, arms, and feet that’s required to play certain instruments can help children develop coordination and motor skills. Some instruments demand different actions from your right and left hand simultaneously, which is great for high-energy kids. It’s like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time. Beyond developing ambidexterity, playing an instrument enhances coordination and perfect timing. This can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.
In addition to developing the physical skills necessary to play an instrument, learning how to perform cultivates coordination and motor skills even further. We teach performance at MPC because we recognize that a musical performance goes far beyond that act of playing the instrument. Whether it’s a singer’s choreography, microphone positioning, or creating presence behind a keyboard, performing music is about a coordinated grace.
3. It Trains Patience and Discipline
It’s said that the best things in life are worth waiting/working for and being able to play music is no exception. Especially in today’s age of instant gratification, learning an instrument can help teach children the value of perseverance and patience. To succeed it takes time and effort, and helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they will need to be patient and give it proper focus and attention. It teaches perseverance through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as memorizing a solo piece.
4. It Boosts Self-Esteem
Music lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept constructive criticism. Turning constructive criticism into positive change helps build self-confidence. This self-confidence built by overcoming challenges can enhance all areas of life, both in and out of education. Not to mention the huge sense of achievement they’ll feel when their hard work turns into a beautiful performance. Our mission at MPC is to help children achieve their goals so they feel confident in any situation.
5. It Enhances Creative Self-Expression
Playing an instrument is a great form of self-expression and can help bring out your child’s creative side. Some feelings are hard to verbalize, and there is nothing more important to childhood development than self-expression. Music can provide a creative outlet that allows them to express themselves freely. This process is incredibly important in the development of emotional skills, communication skills, and psychological awareness.
The process of songwriting is also a huge creative outlet for self-expression. At MPC our guidance is the vehicle to help kids express themselves through music. Having a healthy creative outlet for self-expression allows children to grow and develop a positive sense of self.
6. It’s Fun
We can go on and on about the benefits of learning a musical instrument, but what matters most is that the musician enjoys themselves. While other hobbies like watching Netflix or playing video games are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy and occupied.
At Musician’s Performance Centre we are passionate about music, and we believe in using this passion to grow in all aspects of life. We’d love to hear from you! For questions or inquiries about signing up for music lessons contact us at 705-300-3561.
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