10 Reasons Why Children Should Learn Music

10 Reasons Why Children  Should Learn Music

1. Music Boosts Brain Power

Music can give your child a mental advantage. "More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement [and] children who are exposed to music," says children's music specialist Meredith LeVande. "Music [naturally] stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development."

2. It improves memory

Music has also been shown to improve memory function "... participation in music at an early age can help improve a child's learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development," says Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

3. It helps them socially

Learning an instrument is one of the best ways to bring shy children out of their shell, and learn to communicate as a team member. "Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline," says Marturet, who also oversees the MISO Young Artist program in South Florida, which allows young musicians to hone their musical skills as part of a professional orchestra.

4. It is a confidence builder

As a continuation from the social skills that music generates in children, it also affords them a great deal of confidence - mastering a difficult passage or song, or working in a team environment to achieve a collaborative goal in a performance is certain to boost a child's confidence. It also teaches a valuable lesson that generating success and generating confidence are mutually inclusive and cyclical.

5. Music teaches patience

It does this in two separate but equally important ways, the first being practice. Learning a new technique, a new note, a new chord, a new song, or whatever it may be takes practice. Practicing is a long, slow process which demands foresight, persistence, and patience. A student may fail a hundred times before they finally nail that tricky passage or that difficult chord, but once they do, their patience is instantly rewarded. Secondly, patience is taught through group involvement. Being in a musical group of any variety is one of the most collaborative activities one can undertake, in which there will always be an element of patience, as every performer must learn to wait their turn; if everyone played everything at once, the music would be a mess. In this way, children learn the patience to wait their turn and to also appreciate what the others are bringing to the table.

6. It can help them connect

Although playing or listening to music is a fun solo activity, this enjoyment can be greatly amplified when experienced with others. "It can satisfy the need to unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things people often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, drinking, or TV or aimless web browsing, it makes people more alive and connected with one another," says Michael Jolkovski, a psychologist who specializes in musicians.

7. Music is constant learning

Pursuing music is well and truly an "inexhaustible" endeavour, says Jolkovski - "there is always more to learn,". Just when you think you've learned it all, a brand new door is opened in a wholly unexpected way, and the learning continues. There's something very comforting in the fact that no one will ever know all there is to know about music - all musicians are walking the same endless road, and because there is no end, no one is further ahead than anyone else. Music teaches children to accept what can't be changed, and to simply pursue knowledge and skills for the love of doing so.

8. It's a great form of expression

It's been said that music is the voice of the soul, expressing emotions and thoughts for which there are no words. In the broadest and most fundamental sense, music is a language that we all understand. It takes years, even decades, to understand how the language works and how to tell your own stories with it, but we can all comprehend it from a very early age. Learning to speak the language of music is one of the most enjoyable and expressive experiences one can have, and one that is very valuable to any child.

9. It teaches discipline

Music requires a great deal of discipline to learn, as only about 5% of musical education happens with the teacher. The remaining 95% occurs at home during practice. You can have the best teacher in the world but you won't learn a thing if you don't practice the skills yourself, which requires self-discipline. "Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them -- and the discipline that parents AND kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself," says Mira Stulberg-Halpert of 3D Learner Inc., who works with children who have ADHD.

10. It fosters creativity

Humans are creative by nature, but too often our creativity is stifled by various factors in our lives. Music affords children an outlet for their natural creativity, especially as they advance to higher levels, at which point most students are introduced to some form of specifically creative activities; improvisation; song writing; composition; arrangement. However, even at lower levels, children greatly appreciate the experience of practicing a technique, learning a song, and recreating and reinterpreting it themselves with their own hands, which is a creative activity in and of itself.

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