Here’s Why You Should Put Your Kids in Music Lessons

 

Love for music is something all people share. Everyone loves music, according to their personal preference of course. However, not everyone knows how to create music, whether it is playing an instrument, singing or reading music. Developing these skills should start as early as possible. Children often lack appropriate guidance when it comes to acquiring these skills, or aren’t interested in learning them. Children should be encouraged and motivated to become musically inclined, by their parents and teachers, because the benefits are numerous.

 

  • It helps alleviate stress 

 

According to scientific studies, playing a musical instrument reduces blood pressure, slows heartbeat rate and regulates the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. The less cortisol, the more relaxed we feel. So, everyday music lessons will provide your child with a stress-relieving routine.

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  • It makes people more intelligent

 

Playing a musical instrument is closely related to improvement of cognitive skills. Individuals who play musical instruments are found to have improved abstract thinking. Children, who had musical lessons through their education, have shown to be better at science and math. So, playing an instrument literally makes you smarter.

 

  • It improves social skills

 

Playing a musical instrument helps children to socialize. In this way, they are able to find peers that share the same interests. Music has a significant influence on social skills development, especially if children have music lessons in a team. This will help them relate easier and learn to function as part of a team.

 

  • It leads to better self-esteem

 

Gaining new skills, such as playing a guitar, flute or any other preferred instrument helps children develop confidence. Being good at playing an instrument enables them to believe they can accomplish more, thus building their confidence further.

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  • It trains patience

 

When a child makes an effort to learn to play a musical instrument, it becomes aware that there is no instant gratification, but it takes time to gain new skills. This teaches them to be patient in every other aspect of their life. They learn that investing time and dedication lead to mastery.

 

  • It increases creativity

 

Playing an instrument over time, leads to proficiency. When individuals reach this advanced knowledge while playing musical pieces of other musicians, they usually start creating their own original musical pieces. These skills stimulate cognition, emotion, memory and out-of-the-box thinking.

 

  • Memory becomes better

 

When a child learns how to play an instrument, both brain hemispheres are activated. This strengthens the consolidation of learnt skills and improves memory. While playing, different parts of the brain will be stimulated, thus improving memory, boosting creativity and increasing IQ levels.

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  • It leads to developing self-discipline

 

By making mental efforts, being dedicated and persistent while learning to play a musical instrument, children will learn to be disciplined as well. Teachers that work with children with ADHD say that music lessons help the children to remain disciplined as music instruments provoke their curiosity and thus make them persist in learning.

 

  • It creates a feeling of accomplishment

 

Learning to play any musical instrument, especially when it becomes difficult, and persisting until reaching the desired level, brings about real satisfaction and sense of achievement. This makes a person inspired and confident in other segments of life as well.

 

  • It’s so much fun

 

People who love music, singing and playing musical instruments know how much fun this actually is. There is no better feeling than that and the sense of fulfillment is irreplaceable. It brings joy in people’s lives.