I wanted to write a quick article on this topic because I know recently school has started back up for everyone, and that can be an overwhelming and hectic time for a lot of kids and parents.
Here at RockHome Lessons we are on a mission, not only to teach kids how to be rockstars when it comes to music, but how to have that rockstar confidence in their everyday lives! I know that when I was a kid I benefited immensely from learning how to play an instrument at a young age. It helped me be disciplined and focused, taught me important teamwork skills, developed my social skills, and most importantly in my opinion, gave me a new sense of confidence. I want to go over a few different points in this email and explain to you how giving your child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument can benefit them in these different areas of life.
Better In School - Study after study has proven that kids who are enrolled in a music program achieve higher grades in school and score higher on standardized tests (i.e. SAT's) than kids who are not. There is a number of reasons for this. One of the main reasons is the similarities between reading skills and music skills (i.e. correlation between letter recognition and note recognition, similarities between syllabification and different rhythmic patterns, similarities between story writing and composition writing, etc.). In 2006, Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior at McMaster University claimed that playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brain's sensitivity to speech sounds. Experience with a musical instrument at a young age can "fine tune" the brains auditory system.
Discipline - This is a fundamental skill that many children lack nowadays, but the good news is that this is one of the primary skills that learning an instrument develops! It takes a great deal of discipline and effort to learn how to play songs, read music, learn different chords and scales, etc. The good thing is though, if your child has a genuine passion and interest in music they will develop these disciplinary skills naturally because they will want to put in the practice time required to excel at their instrument and won't consider it a "chore". These discipline skills will carry over to their academics and future studies.
Teamwork & Social Skills - One of the best ways to learn how to be a team player and interact with others is to play music with others! For me personally, I noticed my teamwork skills really develop when I was fourteen and started my first band. To play music with others you need to be able to work together, learn to take cues, and listen to other peoples ideas. I found that once I started playing music with others I began finding it easier to work in groups and participate with others in group projects at school. I was also a lot more open-minded and more accepting to other people's ideas. Now, as an adult, I find that two of my strongest attributes are my team working skills and social skills. I don't think I would have developed these skills nearly as much if it hadn't been for playing music while I was growing up!
Confidence - This, in my opinion, is the most important thing that playing music develops. I know from personal experience that playing music and being in bands has boosted my confidence level immensely over the years! I have also seen this first hand with so many of my students. I've seen students who, when they're first starting to learn guitar or whichever instrument they choose, have low self esteem and low confidence. After some months of taking lessons, many of these students transform and have a noticeably higher confidence level because they've found something that they love to do and that the other kids think is really cool! Learning to play music isn't just a great artistic outlet, it's also a great way to show off to your friends and impress people! There's a reason why rock stars get all the girls!
So as you can see, giving your child the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument is a whole lot more than just that. Learning to play a musical instrument will benefit them in many different areas of their lives and will develop essential traits that are required in order to be a contributing member of society. On top of that, it will provide them with an artistic outlet that they will be able to express themselves with and channel their energy positively through.
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