Parents and students alike have heard the old refrain: extracurriculars are the key to success.
Whether your goal is a scholarship to college or a leg up on your future career, there are nearly endless possibilities when it comes to picking an activity.
How to choose, though, between football or French Club, art classes or Academic Decathlon? Every child will have different interests and strengths. But if your child wants to learn an instrument, the benefits of learning music are many and lasting.
We’re here to give you five reasons why playing musical instruments will get your child further than any other extracurricular.
Why Everyone Should Learn an Instrument
1. Practice and Progress
Anyone who’s spent a few hours in a practice room can tell you: there’s no way to ‘fake’ playing an instrument. Music students work hard to reach tangible milestones as they memorize, perfect, and perform individual pieces.
Students also learn to adhere to strict schedules and rules. Regular practice helps the mind retain details, and music teachers have a good ear– they know when you skipped that adagio section to get ice cream with your friends after school Wednesday.
2. A Wider Education
Fledgeling musicians aren’t just learning how to play instruments. Music teachers often emphasize the history behind the instrument and the music written for it. The Mozart bust on top of your teacher’s upright piano isn’t just there for decoration!
Performance attendance is also one of the benefits of learning music. Music students who attend their teachers’ and fellow students’ performances learn audience etiquette early and find themselves exposed to a variety of genres and art forms.
3. New Friends
Many teachers offer group lessons for very young children, where they learn the basics and test out a number of instruments before choosing one to pursue. Group classes and other opportunities, like community choirs and orchestras, are great places for children to socialize with each other.
Friends from music class are guaranteed to share interests. Additionally, shared schedules and similar practice expectations make planning your child’s birthday parties and summer sleepovers a whole lot easier.
4. Better Grades
If your child struggles in math class, music could help them understand those frustrating numbers. Learning to play musical instruments can improve pattern recognition and basic arithmetic skills.
And the benefits don’t stop in the algebra classroom! Knowledge of music also improves language and reasoning skills, and may contribute to higher SAT scores.
5. Self-Expression and Stress Relief
Music is a creative outlet. It can lead a listener or performer through powerful emotions and create a sense of catharsis when it’s difficult to express yourself any other way.
Music can also induce stress relief in its participants. Recent studies suggest that ‘relaxing’ pieces can stimulate a psychobiological response and encourage a healthier response to stressful situations.
Give Your Child a Lifelong Companion
The benefits of learning music in childhood will follow students throughout their lives, whether they see their instrument as a hobby or a future career. Even a year or two taken to learn an instrument can make an impact.
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