Juggling all of the things a parent has to take care of is a full-time job. You've got two million appointments, practices, and play dates to get to and not enough time to get there.
We're here to offer up an idea: it might be time to add one more activity to the to-do list. Music lessons for children are extremely valuable, and we're going to give you a few reasons why.
Let's take a look at some of the benefits of music education.1. Improved Math Skills
To the untrained eye, music seems like it has nothing to do with math. As you dig in a little bit, it soon becomes clear that math is pretty much all that music is.
Whether you're looking at music theory, the notes being played, the rhythm being played, or the harmony among musicians, you can break it down to a mathematical idea.
Learning an instrument at a young age can help students to internalize mathematical and musical ideas in a way that makes future math courses feel easy.2. Coordination
We're not just talking about basic hand-eye coordination, either. The coordination that one gets from learning an instrument is extremely refined.
Watch the hand movements of a professional violin player or pianist and you'll see what we're talking about. This kind of precise relationship between mind, body, and instrument, is a valuable way to get students in tune with themselves.3. Practice and Discipline
Students in music lessons are often required to practice on their own time. Whether it's one hour or ten minutes per day, practicing in a disciplined way is an important part of learning an instrument.
It's also an important life skill, that will support your child for years to come.4. Confidence
It may sound like screeching to you, but for your kid, playing Smoke on the Water for the first time is incredible. Every new note, song, and scale that's learned is a confidence-booster.5. Educational Opportunities
For the more practical parents out there, keep in mind that musicians receive a ton of college scholarships. There's no guarantee, but you can bet there's a better chance of getting educational opportunities from music than there is of getting one from athletics.6. Self Expression
Self-expression is an essential part of child development. A lot of times, that self-expression comes out in an obnoxious (albeit cute) way. Allowing a child to learn an instrument can be an excellent avenue for expression in childhood all the way through adulthood.7. Improved Social Skills
Playing in a band or orchestra requires that children are very responsive to other players. Learning songs and working together is an essential piece of any musical group.
This is especially true when the group splits up into duos, trios or bands. Check out Project Vibe, our artist development program to learn more about how to play music with others. Groups allow children to work together in more creative ways.8. Appreciation for the Arts
Your child will appreciate music on a deeper level. Let's put it this way: as they grow up, they will understand how music works and be able to speak the language amongst their peers. Plus an appreciation of good music is the foundation for a lifelong love of arts and culture.
Appreciating good music is something that will last your child a lifetime and open them to cultural opportunities that they might not otherwise be interested in.9. Career Opportunities
Many communities have flourishing art scenes. Progressive towns and cities understand the importance of the arts and the value of musicians.
In other words, there are opportunities to work as professional musicians if you're willing to look for them.10. Stress Relief
Finally, music has shown to relieve stress and be an extremely cathartic activity for many people.
Developing stress-relief methods early on is a great way to establish self-care in your child.Want to See the Benefits of Music Education?
The benefits of music education are all available to you and your children. The first step, though, is to enroll in classes.
Contact us if you'd like to learn more about joining music classes.