You Would Not Believe What Musical Instruments Can Do For Children

Skills needed to enhance your child’s skills for social interaction and education are developed by learning to play an instrument and fine-tuning your child’s ear.

Your kid’s schedule is filled with soccer, scouts, and many other fun activities. Besides that, you should also consider signing your child up to music classes because of its myriad benefits. She may or may not be the next Mozart or Beethoven, but she will probably become a better team player, learning math will become easier, and good manners will be developed including a bigger patience.

Improved Academic Skills

You may not know this, but music and math have a lot in common. Children are learning how to recognize patterns, divide and create fractions by understanding rhythm, also use discipline by playing scales and beat properly. Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA said: “It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math.” Mary Larew, a teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut, had a lot to say about a child’s memory: “As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills.” Basic physics is also introduced to our children trough musical instrument classes. For example, children learn about sympathetic and harmonic vibrations by plucking the strings on a violin or a guitar, and also kids learn these scientific principles on instruments that don’t have strings, like drums and sympathetic vibrations.

Physical skills will be developed

Motor skills and coordination are improved by playing percussion instruments because they require movement of the arms, hands and feet. Piano and violin, instruments with a keyboard and strings, are the ones where you need to use your both hands, and sometimes feet, simultaneously. Kristen Regester, Early Childhood Program Manager at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago said: “This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids. It’s like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.” Ambidexterity is developed with the help of instruments. Naturally, uncomfortable positions can be made more comfortable with children. Other hobbies like sports and dance can become much easier to adapt to with enhanced coordination and better timing that they achieve by playing an instrument.

Acquired Social Skills

© Valuavitaly | - Smiling boy with guitar.

© Valuavitaly | – Smiling boy with guitar.

Teamwork and collaboration are the main qualities needed if you want to create an accelerando or a crescendo. Musical group classes are the right place where children are required to interact and communicate. If one child is playing out of balance, speeding up too quickly or playing his instrument too quietly or too loudly, he will need to adjust himself. Kristen Regester can be quoted saying: “It’s important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble.” Teachers in music Rhapsody, a mini school that offers general musical education classes, assign each student a task and split children into groups. Students work toward a common goal whether a team is responsible for creating a melody or choosing instruments. In the words of Lynn Kleiner: “These are the kinds of experiences we have in society. We need more group interaction and problem-solving.”

About the author

Peter Lewis

Hey readers, hows it going? My name is Petar, married and father of two. California native, but currently residing in Seattle. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Journalism, and started off writing for my local newspaper. I hope I can share some of the wisdom I gathered over the years from raising my two lovely daughters. I hope you all enjoy the writing!