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The benefits of music lessons for children

It makes children feel great about themselves.

There’s nothing quite like the sense of pride that comes from working on building a new skill for an extended period of time…especially when the result is beautiful music.

 

It supports muscle development and motor skills. 

Children will use their whole body to keep the rhythm going when they play. They also must coordinate different motions with their hands at the same time. In doing so, they develop strength and coordination.

 

It makes them stronger academically. 

Researchers have found connections between music lessons and nearly every measure of academic achievement:  reading comprehension, and math skills. Music also improves their powers of recall for powerful learning in all subjects.

 

It builds language skills. 

As they learn their instrument, children become accustomed to different sounds that they would not have recognized before. This practice trains their ears for the nuances and subtle sounds of language.

 

It increases their IQ. 

Numerous studies (including this one in 2004 by E. Glenn Schellenberg) have proven that children’s IQs increase because of even a few weeks of music lessons. Brain scan technology reveals that brain activity increases following musical training, and some parts of the brain even grow larger!

 

It teaches them discipline. 

Your child might be expecting to become a viral sensation overnight, but in fact, he may have to spend some time even just learning the proper way to hold that violin or guitar etc. before they can become proficient. Music lessons require some concentration and patience. Children will persevere even when things aren’t going well…an invaluable skill for all areas of life.

 

It improves social skills. 

If children play in a group, they have to learn to work together to achieve a common goal, exercising tolerance, patience, and encouragement towards their peers.

 

It helps kids understand culture. 

By learning music from various parts of the globe, students come to appreciate these cultures.

 

It brings joy. 

And finally, we come to the most important reason of all. When children can play music, it makes them happy…and everyone else too.

Credit: The Edvocate March 2018

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