Top 5 Reasons For Getting Your Kids Involved In Music Lessons
When we tell people we teach music lessons, one of the initial responses we get are, “I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger” or “I wish my mom encouraged me to continue guitar lessons rather than letting me quit.” Since we opened our school in 2011, no one has ever said, “I wish I hadn’t learned how to play the piano/guitar/drums/bass, or to sing.”
As adults, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years. Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids, however one of the main reasons is parents’ belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. This is one of the top reasons why kids should learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character. Here are 5 Top Reasons for enrolling your kids in music lessons.
1. Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development
Research studies have been conducted to measure the effects of learning a music instrument on cognitive development. The findings indicate that children who take music lessons over several years show greater improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science. Music-making kids surpass their classmates who don’t take lessons in reading comprehension, and in addition, children who take music lessons benefit from improved memory skills. When we look at the research, it is easy to see that taking music lessons over a prolonged period gives kids an academic advantage to the point of increasing IQ and SAT scores
2. Music Lessons teach kids how to Accomplish Goals
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue in life. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of many years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path and others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits though, taking music lessons has taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.
3. Music Lessons Develop Self-Discipline and Dedication
To be good at an instrument, students have to put in a lot of time and energy. This requires self-discipline, but how do we instill this quality in our kids who are living in a fast-paced technological society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification? Music lessons are a fun and effective way to help a child learn self-discipline and by extension help them develop longer attention spans. Students find motivation in the music they are learning. They don’t just have to show up for lessons, but they also have to dedicate time to practicing, learning to read music and much, much more. As the music teacher helps a student structure weekly practice time, the student is empowered to learn the music through self-discipline and dedication. Developing their self-discipline and dedication can be adapted to achieve goals in other areas such as academics and sports.
4. Music Lessons help kids become Independent and Self-Sufficient adults
Many child psychologists agree that a child’s happiness and ability to become an independent and successful adult is greatly dependent on that child’s sense of self-worth and confidence. The qualities of children with high self-esteem include: tackling new challenges, being independent, taking responsibility for their decisions and actions, having confidence in themselves and taking pride in their abilities. These characteristics can be developed with consistent music lessons throughout the childhood and adolescent years. New challenges are tackled regularly in music lessons by learning a new piece or song, new techniques or progressing to a higher skill level. As students make progress in learning a musical instrument, they are able to choose the music they love to perform and develop a better understanding of different musical genres. The decision to practice or not practice can have its consequences, and students must structure their practice for progress. Seeing students perform in front of an audience is a highlight for teachers, parents, family and friends. Students experience a great sense of accomplishment after a performance. This is why we hold two free student concerts a year and encourage each of our students to perform. We also extend many other opportunities for students to perform over the course of the year.
5. Music Lessons promote Self-Expression and Creativity
The world’s greatest leaders, innovators and inventors have something in common – creativity. Making music naturally elicits self-expression and creativity, and the ability for students to express themselves with confidence and creativity opens up incredible doors of opportunity. As you think about which extracurricular activities to choose for your kids, consider the true benefits of your investment. We all want our children to live life to the fullest and to experience great happiness as they follow their dreams. Sometimes, they need a little guidance from us. We invest in our kids’ futures by giving them opportunities such as music lessons. Taking music lessons cultivates qualities that lead to lifetime success. Make learning a music instrument a priority in your home and encourage your kids every step of the way.