If you have dreams of turning your child into the next Jimi Hendrix then it will not be just your needs that will be satisfied if you teach your young on to play a musical instrument. In fact, it has been recommend by many child psychologists over the years to teach your child a musical instrument because of the numerous benefits which it can have on your child.
The musical instrument which you choose is not important but what is important is that you give your child the gift of music, and here are some of the benefits which they will get.
As a child learns to play a song or a tune, they will be gradually improving their memory as they do so. The way in which music is learned, through repetition and breaking it down into small segments, can greatly enhance memory function in the brain. Memory is not specific to one particular area and so if you can improve a child’s memory, they can apply this to other areas of their life.
Increases Coordination Skills
There is a lot going on when you play an instrument, trying to stay in time, remembering notes, moving body parts to the instrument. With so much happening in one moment, coordination is required. As a child increases their ability to play a musical instrument, they will be improving coordination skills, as well as their ability to concentrate on multiple things at once.
Improve Math Skills
Believe it or not, math and music are very much intertwined and through the practice and the learning of music, a child can really improve their abilities when it comes to math. Music requires you to stay in time, understand , rhythm, scales, and beat. As your child learns these skills, they are making division and fractions in their heads, to keep pace with the music, these skills can then be directly applied to math.
Very few people in the world pick up a musical instrument and just play, in fact, very few people in history have been able to do that. Instead, being able to play a musical instrument comes from practice, hard work and most importantly, perseverance. This perseverance which your child will need to demonstrate can help in many other areas of life. The beauty of learning an instrument is that little by little, a child is rewarded for their perseverance, when they get it right.
Increase Listening Skills
When a child learns and plays music they must listen to many different aspects of the sound so that they can master it. This concentration which is required will not only greatly improve their ability to play music, but also give them better listening and focus skills on the whole. Listening to music is about utilizing your ears and it is this which children will then be able to continue to do, in the rest of their life.
Musical instruments have great benefits for kids and the best thing is, they are incredibly fun to play!