Why should your children or you learn to play a music instrument or sing?
1. IT BOOSTS THEIR BRAIN POWER
Music simply stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development. Music is the tool to better academic results
2. IT IMPROVES THEIR MEMORY
As children learn music, they develop the ability to memorize. They learn rhytmical patterns, songs, melodies. If they learn an instrument they memorize different patterns for the right and left hand and they learn to put together. It stimulates different patterns of brain development.
3. IT HELPS THEM SOCIALLY
Picking up an instrument can also help your child break out of their social shell too, experts say. “Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline,” says Marturet. As they practice as team, they learn to help eachother, accept eachother and realize that alone they cannot accomplish it all.
4. IT’S A CONFIDENCE BUILDER
Are there any areas of life that aren’t enhanced by having good confidence? Probably not. And if you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help.
“They find that they can develop a skill by themselves, they realize that they are in charge of their progress and final result.
5. IT TEACHES PATIENCE
We live in a world of instant gratification, but real life demands having patience. When children or adluts learn music, they realize that it takes daily practice and patience to get to play. There’s a lot of gratification when you can finally play some music but it takes patience. If children do Music Ensemble, they develop patience as they have to work with others, wait for their turn and repeat untlil everyboody gets it together.
6. IT CAN HELP THEM CONNECT
Who doesn’t sometimes feel a little disconnected from their lives? Music can be a much-needed connection for kids (and adults too!). “It can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another,” says Michael Jolkovski, a psychologist who specializes in musicians.
7. IT’S CONSTANT LEARNING
There’s always something new to learn in music. Music is inexhaustible.
8. IT’S A GREAT FORM OF EXPRESSION
People pay a lot of lip-service to expressing yourself. But how can kids really do that? One great way is through the arts — like music. “It gives pleasure and expresses nuances of emotional life for which there are no words,” says Jolkovski.
9. IT TEACHES DISCIPLINE
There’s this old joke that begins “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer? “Practice, practice, practice.” To improve in music, you have to not only do well in classes, but devote time to practicing outside of the lessons too. That requires discipline. “Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them — and the discipline that parents AND kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself,” says Mira Stulberg-Halpert of 3D Learner Inc., who works with children who have ADHD.
10. IT FOSTERS CREATIVITY
Above all, playing music — particularly as kids get to more advanced levels in it — is a creative pursuit. Creatively is good for the mind, body and soul.