Should I Encourage My Child to Learn an Instrument?

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Learning to play a musical instrument is a fantastic skill, which offers numerous benefits to children.  Music can help to build your child’s confidence, enhance their memory and support their mental health.

The piano, violin and flute are classed as the more ‘traditional’ instruments to learn, however drums, and the electric guitar have become increasingly popular with youngsters today – you just need to make sure you have adequate soundproofing at home for these options!

When your child is still deciding which instrument they want to learn, it can be helpful to borrow one first. This will prevent you from spending a lot of money on something they might change their mind about later on.

If you are unsure whether to invest in a musical instrument or music lessons for your child, here is some helpful information from an independent school in London

Music can enhance your child’s memory – In fact; studies have shown that music can help to improve many of your child’s academic skills. This is because playing an instrument requires a child to read music, remember melodies and then replicate them. All of these actions contribute towards improved cognitive abilities.

Learning an instrument helps to build confidence – Playing an instrument provides many levels of learning and accomplishments. As your child’s musical skills evolve they will not only feel more motivated, but they will also feel more confident in their performances. They may eventually move on to study music or even become a famous musician.

Playing an instrument develops coordination and motor skills – The piano is an excellent example of this. When playing the piano a child needs to use both hands to play the notes, whilst pressing the foot pedal and reading music – This kind of multi-tasking takes a lot of practice!

Practicing music teaches perseverance – Children who begin learning a musical instrument at an early age have a chance to develop their skills into a professional career. This practice and dedication will teach them how to reach other goals throughout life, through hard work and perseverance.

Music aids relaxation – Listening to music is great for children’s mental health because it can be used to relax and de-stress. Playing an instrument can also have a calming effect on children because they will need to focus on timing and notes. Focusing on music will allow them to take a break from any daily stresses or worries they may have.

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