10 Reasons Why Children Should Learn To Play a Musical Instrument

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It is no secret that music has long since been recommended in children’s education and we have all learned music in some form or the other – singing class, recorder or other instruments. Schools have mandatory music classes and also offer paid lessons to pupils.

Don’t be put off by the first squeaky, non-musical sounds produced by your child’s first attempts. It does get better with practice.

Here are 10 reasons why it is important for children to learn a musical instrument –

  1. Music training = Smarter children. It has been reported that music training greatly enhances children’s abstract reasoning skills which are necessary for learning Maths and Science.
  2. It helps children to think creatively and encourages self expression. Through music children learn to express themselves and may even be able to create their own compositions as they go to higher levels. It is also a great stress reliever as you grow older.
  3. It encourages hard work and practice. To play good music, you have to play it right. You will be able to hear a bad note a mile off and if you want it to sound right you need to be able to play the notes correctly. This only comes with perseverance and practice. It thus also promotes discipline and organization in one’s life.
  4. It helps in learning. Music learning develops the left side of the brain which helps in processing languages. When you learn music you also learn about different cultures as each musical piece has it’s own history. Different genres like medieval, folk or classical music have their own particular rhythm and tune and this helps children to learn about and empathize with that genre.
  5. Music learning provides a sense of achievement. Children are able to assess their level of playing and better themselves and gain pride at being able to play an instrument.
  6. Music training develops hand to eye coordination. A child has to read a note on a page and then use their hands to play the tune. Even younger children benefit greatly from learning to play an instrument as it develops gross motor skills.
  7. Playing an instrument helps strengthen your memory. As both parts of the brain are involved in playing an instrument, it improves memory and learning ability. You have to remember notes and rhythm. As part of examination in Music, you are often asks to recall a particular tune or rhythm.
  8. Encourages working as a team. When you play as part of an orchestra, you need to be aware of the other players and be able to play as one voice. Playing even one wrong note can spoil the entire piece.
  9. It helps to build confidence. When you play an instrument and have to perform in front of an audience, it helps build confidence and reduce stage fright.
  10. Lastly, it is fun to learn an instrument and promotes happiness in people around you. Most people enjoy listening to music and if you can play there is no end to the joy you bring.

If music be the food of love – play on. 

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