How Music Education Can Benefit Your Kids

Are you wondering whether it’s really worth it for kids to spend time in music education? Today’s children are so overwhelmed with studies, sports, and extracurriculars, you may be wondering whether it’s better for them to just skip music education altogether.

After all, most of them won’t wind up as professional musicians, so what’s the point?

It turns out that kids who participate in music education enjoy lots of non-musical benefits both inside and outside the classroom, as summarized in this article from Mom Loves Best.

Educational Benefits

Though participating in band or choir may feel like it will detract from general studies, the reality is that it can enhance a child’s education. A child’s ability to multi-task is improved, increasing their efficiency in completing other tasks. There is also evidence that music helps to improve their memory, allowing them to remember more of the content they learn in the regular classroom.

Music also improves their spatial-temporal reasoning, which is used in subjects like math, computer science, engineering, and architecture. And kids who study music may increase their IQ by as many as three points and score higher on standardized tests than students who don’t.

Social Benefits

Benefits of participating in music education extend well beyond the general education classroom. By being part of a larger musical ensemble, kids meet others with common interests and abilities, and can find a sense of belonging to a larger group. They will also learn teamwork as they’ll have to rely on other members of the group to pull off a successful performance.

Making music can help some kids relax - even if it’s yet another thing to check off on their lengthy to-do list. And music stimulates the language-processing portion of the brain, helping them to develop better speaking skills which will be helpful throughout their social, educational, and professional lives.

Emotional Benefits

With all the pressures that today’s students face, it can be hard to maintain emotional health. When kids participate in music education, they are able to develop an improved ability to focus and begin to experience the pride and self-esteem that comes with developing a new skill. They will also learn patience, as learning an instrument is not a fast process and takes hours of practice in order to get it right.

Participating in a music group can also help kids deal with anxieties they may have about performing or speaking in front of a large group. This fear can be debilitating and hold them back if it’s not managed, so being part of a group that performs regularly can help them overcome their fears.

Physical Benefits

Children who participate in music tend to utilize their brain more fully, as the multiple skills necessary for music performance help to integrate different parts of the brain. Further, there is more opportunity for neural growth and learning outside of music education when a child’s brain has been fully activated through music.

Participation in music also improves a child’s hand-eye coordination. This can carry over to many areas of life, most notably if they tend to be clumsy or want to participate in athletics.

Where to Begin?

If a child is interested in music, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start - especially if you’re worried about whether they’ll be able to keep up with all the other commitments they have on their plate.

The most important thing about getting a child started in music education is that it is student-led. Allow them to choose the instrument they���re most interested in - as long as it’s practical and fits in your budget. And don’t go “all-in” on the first day with the purchase of a brand-new instrument and a pre-paying for a year’s worth of private lessons. Consider renting an instrument initially, and sign your child up for some trial or cost-effective lessons. As they demonstrate a commitment to their craft you can always up the ante down the line.

And never, ever say anything discouraging as they’re starting to learn (though we know the sounds coming from their instrument may be cringe-worthy). Use encouraging words only!

The Bottom Line

While the idea of having a child tackle an instrument can seem daunting, the benefits can be wide-reaching and encompass nearly all areas of their life. So even if they’re not hoping for a career in the music industry, encourage them anyway. Because you could see huge changes in their classroom performance and beyond.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two and a blogger for Mom Loves Best, where she documents her journey through parenthood and writes about her passions for health, music, and everything related to keeping her family happy and spiritually grounded.

If you enjoyed reading this blog, you should read 8 Benefits of Listening to Music.It has been proven that music dramatically helps improve people’s mental wellbeing and boost physical health.

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