After school activities have a variety of benefits for children, ranging from physical to mental in nature. So, how do you decide which ones your child should participate in? You choose one that will help them prepare for a successful future, while participating in something they love. Here are the top 5 advantages your child can receive from playing an instrument:
This is one of the more well-known benefits of playing an instrument. Per a Telegraph article from 2009, “Research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills. It can even increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults, according to researchers.”
Improved Test Scores
Testing is a mainstay in our school systems, so why not give your child the upper hand? A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that “Students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts.”
Increased Memory Capacity
Playing an instrument requires a lot of memorization, from notes to hand positions, to other facets. Research has shown that both listening to music and playing a musical instrument stimulate your brain and can increase your memory. “A study was done in which 22 children from age 3 to 4 and a half years old were given either singing lessons or keyboard lessons. A control group of 15 children received no music lessons at all. Both groups participated in the same preschool activities. The results showed that preschoolers who had weekly keyboard lessons improved their spatial-temporal skills 34 percent more than the other children.” In this study, the researchers said that the effects were long-term.
Improved Organizational and Time Management Skills
Possibly one of the most important skills you can learn from playing an instrument is how valuable organization and time management are to success. Musicians have to keep their papers and instrument in an orderly structure so they are able to practice without wasting time. Speaking of practice, playing an instrument also gives a child structure and teaches them how to allot their time in order to give themselves time to practice each day.
Having a skill to “hang their hat on” is a great way for kids to express themselves and grow their self-confidence. Schools can be breeding grounds for bullies who will challenge your child’s self-worth, so that makes a boost of confidence very important at such an impressionable age. Also, practicing an instrument often means your child will be introduced to like-minded children who they can quickly bond with, making it easier to attend both practice and school.
Playing an instrument has benefits that extend beyond the classroom. It has lasting benefits that prepare a child for the challenges that they will face as an adult. Do you have questions about music lessons at the Music Matters School? If you are ready to the benefits of music for your child. Click Here to claim 47% off their first month of lessons!