Learning a new instrument, at any age, takes discipline, patience, and dedication. These are three attributes you would not normally associate with a child, but by giving them the opportunity, you will quickly notice why your child should learn to play an instrument.
It can be hard at first, but the rewards and benefits that come from learning a new instrument are worth each moment spent learning and practicing.
The below reasons all show why you should allow your child to learn how to play an instrument:
Improved Memory Skills
While learning how to play an instrument, your child will learn how to create, store, and retrieve memories and information much easier, and more efficiently than before.
Better Time Management
Your child will need to use their time wisely when learning how to play an instrument. They will soon learn that a good short practice is better than a longer, poor practice. This will teach them how to effectively organize their time, and with weekly practice with a teacher, they will need to organize their time and other responsibilities better as well.
Perseverance and Achievement
Learning how to play an instrument does not happen overnight. It takes a long time, a whole bunch of patience and lots of practice. Your child will learn to set both short and long term goals, and working to achieve these goals will take perseverance from your child. This teaches them to always put in the work needed to achieve a goal, and that the sense of achievement at the end is worth every hour put in!
The brain needs to work at high speeds when playing an instrument. The skill of reading music and translating this to movements to play the instrument will improve over time. This will result in better hand-eye coordination, which is useful in so many different aspects throughout life.
Better Reading And Comprehension Skills
Musicians need to identify a note and a page and then learn how to translate this to their instrument, what note to play, how long to hold it, how loud to play it, and which finger to use. This will help improve their reading and comprehension skills tenfold!
Improved Math Skills
Music is not only for creatively-minded kids. The foundations of music and reading music are widely considered as a maths problem! Your child will have to use mathematical problem-solving skills to learn a new piece of music, or even while playing a piece of music. This stems from an understanding of how music is created and helps children see maths from a new perspective.
Gives Children Responsibility
Most instruments that children learn to play require maintenance, whether it be cleaning or oiling. Having your child be responsible for the maintenance of their own instrument gives them a level of responsibility. Depending on the age of your child, you could also have them take over the responsibility of remembering when to practice and when they must attend lessons.
So many people find it easy to self-express through music. By allowing your child to learn a new instrument, you are giving them endless ways to express themselves.