A recent study showed that early childhood and care educators believe that music is a creative outlet for children, regardless if the child is learning how to play an instrument or sing and dance.
Let's explore some of the benefits of music for children:
- Cognitive Development: Children exposed to music often improve language development and memory and have better attention spans and mathematical capabilities.
- Emotional Growth: Music provides a safe place for children to express and learn about their emotions.
- Social Skills: Whether it's a choir, band, or an informal jam session, children learn teamwork, cooperation, leadership, and effective communication when they participate in group musical activities.
When a child learns how to play music, it is not only about producing melodies, it's an intricate process that challenges and molds the brain's faculties. As Julia Savacool aptly puts it, "Playing an instrument gives kids bigger, more active brains—especially the parts involved with hearing, memory, and motor skills.”
When children persevere through the initial challenges of learning an instrument, they are unknowingly honing their resilience and discipline. Every hurdle they overcome, every melody they perfect, instills a sense of achievement, boosting their confidence and self-worth.