By Mitch Rice
Do you know some people say babies should be listening to music while in their mother’s womb? And when they make their entrance into this world, parents should introduce the newborn to a variety of musical genres, including classical music.
Just like language, music transcends culture and time. People everywhere like music and musical instruments because it is so versatile. Music can be healing (music therapy is a real thing), inspiring, and it can bring people together.
So why wouldn’t we want our kids to benefit from this amazing gift from an early age?
First of all, nowadays it’s a lot easier to help kids get in touch with music and musical instruments. You can find a wide range of reliable resources on sites like Musician Authority, and you can even take classes online (especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic).
Second of all, there are scientific studies that prove learning a musical instrument is beneficial for the brain. However, it is crucial that the student is actively involved in learning the instrument, and not just listening. According to the aforementioned studies, learning to play a musical instrument leads to a strengthening of neural processing which helps improve memory, coordination, and even math skills.
Below you can read how learning to play the piano or the guitar (or any other instrument for that matter) is important for your child’s development:
Playing an instrument is like a full workout for the brain, especially for the part that stores and retrieves information (the memory). Students learn to focus their attention on the instrument, the rhythm and sounds, their position, and other factors that influence the performance.
When you learn an instrument at an early age, the brain is more plastic and all this efforts helps improve the learning ability (which will come handy later in life).
When learning an instrument, passion is important. Therefore, it’s best to let your kid learn whichever they want – whether they play drums or acoustic guitar, the benefits will be the same as long as they are willing to devote their time to practice and improve.
Additionally, as they get more into their favorite instrument, they also learn about discipline and managing their time, which is a useful skills during exams, in college, or at their future job.
Improves Social Skills
Once your kid is good enough to join a musical group, they have a fantastic opportunity to expand their social circle and become more open to the world. They have the chance to meet children from different backgrounds, and get to be part of a team. As a result, they get to develop team-building and leadership skills from an early age.
They will also learn how to be patient and listen to others before forming an opinion.
It Makes You Smarter
Albert Einstein, one of the smartest people of the modern times, used to say he saw his life in terms of music. He was passionate about the violin and piano, the two musical instruments his mother taught him from an early age.
But Albert Einstein was indeed one of the few people with such a brilliant mind. Still, there are reliable studies that suggest there is a connection between musical training and academic success. This happens because the act of learning an instrument is complex and gets various parts of the brain working together (such as abstract reasoning and memory).
So yes, a child who learns to play an instrument may become better at math and science, in due time.
Music, in general, is an activity that keeps the brain engaged while also soothing the soul. It’s also an outlet for creativity and it allows young children to learn about their own emotions. So, if you want to make sure your child will grow up to be a well-adjusted adult, music must be a part of their life.