Music has been a form of teaching throughout the centuries. This method helps children to memorize and remember things that would otherwise be far more difficult. For instance, my two-year-old knew her ABC’S from start to finish all because of a catchy you tube music video that even I couldn’t seem to get out of my head. Now that really goes to show you that music is powerful stuff. Let’s take a look at some of the many ways that music can benefit children.
Music Can Benefit Children by Boosting Brain Activity
Providing your child with exposure to music will offer him or her advantages mentally. Music is far more effective and engaging (where the brain is concerned) than the television. Professionals have proven that children that have been exposed to positive music activities turn out to have a much higher academic achievement level of success than those children who weren’t. This is because music stimulates the brain, and this stimulation occurs in the same areas where math, reading and emotional development all takes place. Let’s not forget, the discipline it takes to practice an instrument on a regular basis nurtures a strong work ethic that will prove valuable years down the line.
Music Can Benefit Children By Improving Memory
It is also proven that children remember things they have learned through music far better than those they have learned otherwise. When your child participates in musical activities, lessons and games, etc. their ability to learn is enhanced greatly. The younger they are exposed to music the better their memory will be too. See, music is a stimulator for several brain patterns. Now that is something to think about.
Music Can Benefit Children By Imparting Confidence
Music is excellent for building your child’s confidence and social skills. If you can get your child interested in music early and he or she decided to play an instrument then they are guaranteed to spread their wings; your little one will feel a proud sense of achievement as he or she learns new music, find artistic ways for self-expression and, when taking communal lessons, will find healthy hobbies to share with others and foster community spirit. Plus, kids that are frequently exposed to music are believed to have higher levels of empathy and ability to place themselves in other shoes, an attribute that will undoubtedly prove helpful when making friends.
Music Can Benefit Children By Providing an Outlet For Release and Creativity
You never want to think about your child being disconnected or withdrawn, but it happens, and this is can be especially true in tweens and teens. After all, this is a time in which they are dealing with those crazy hormones and questions of identity. Music is a release and, in some cases, a lifeline for children of all ages. Oftentimes, music can express what we cannot verbalize and it can be a healthy outlet for your child’s frustrations.
Finally, practicing music teaches your child patience, and that is a gift in these busy times. Still, the most precious benefit of learning an instrument is the fun and fulfilling melodies that your children can relax and produce while you lovingly (and thunderstruck) watch their abilities quickly show. I love to watch my daughters’ performances – one of my favorite things about music as a mom, is the creativity I have seen it cultivate in my children. That is priceless.
If your child is new to playing an instrument and is between the ages of 4-7, it may be wise to purchase lighter, cheaper instruments to gauge your child’s interest levels before splurging on a grand piano or expensive French horn. Find affordable musical instruments like recorders for younger kids that will pique their curiosity and have them itching to be the next Mozart. Following this stage, consider renting or buying a used instrument so your children can determine whether or not the clarinet or xylophone is really for him or her before fully committing. Just remember, a musical inclination and passion is an asset that will serve your child for a lifetime, so identifying, shaping and nurturing a love of music will be an ongoing process for both you and your children.