As a parent or guardian, you are probably aware that music lessons bring many great benefits to children. Here are some of the main reasons why learning an insturment can help you to develop in more than just one way!
- Academic skills improve: music and maths are surprisingly intertwined. Understanding beat, rhythm, scales and notes can help children in their other subjects. Maths such as fractions and pattern recognition grow when you learn music.
- Physical Skills: Co-ordination and motor skills increase with music lessons, especially through percussion instruments. These are good for high energy kids. Other instruments like the violin, guitar and piano demand different actions from your left and right hands which helps develop ambidexterity.
- Social skills improve: group classes, ensembles and orchestras all require peer interaction, encourage teamwork and collaboration. Music lessons are also good for developing relationships between older and younger students.
- Discipline and Patience: learning an instrument certainly teaches younger people about delayed gratification! It takes a long time to learn to play an instrument well, and being able to perservere through the harder parts of learning can help children understand that good things come to those who wait!