One of the activities that undeniably play a role in a child’s development is music. Playing musical instruments may look normal or even boring at times. However, a number of studies suggest that music is a major factor in a child’s development.
As a matter of fact, even at a very early age, parents are already using music to soothe and calm their kids and themselves. We hear stories of mother playing classical music to her pregnant tummy. Most of children’s toys also have music playing along it. And music can also affect a child’s mood, which can calm the most hyper.
Here are other benefits that music can provide to children:
Music cultivates creativity
One of the most obvious benefits that music can bring to our children is unmatched creativity. It sets the kid’s imagination free, and enables them to explore sounds, tempos, and tunes. This, in turn, enables them to express their emotions through music.
Music helps develop intellectual skills
Surprisingly, music and math are found to be highly bound together. Since kids are exposed to different beats, rhythms, and scales, children are getting used to recognize patterns, divide, and imagine fractions. This suggests that music is somehow responsible in wiring a child’s brain in order to help kids understand Math easier. Also, some musical instruments introduce children to basic principles of Science and Physics. String instruments like guitars and violin shows kids how sound is produced through harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Also, playing music improves a child’s memory and recall.
Music improves physical skills
We all know that in order to play a music instrument, a person would at least have to exert effort, and use some muscle groups in the body. Instrument such as the guitar and violin promotes fine motor skills. These instruments require using both hands while doing two different actions. Also, musical instruments like the drums and piano practices hand-eye coordination. For children that are super hyper, playing percussion is recommended because this may require high amounts of energy.
Music makes children social beings
For our little ones, playing musical instruments can be a highly social learning experience. Making music together teaches children the real essence of teamwork – that working together can produce something bigger and better. Playing music in groups will teach children to blend in. For example, if a child is playing too loud or too fast, they’ll try to control the instrument so they’ll be in-tune with the group.
Playing and listening to music is also an excellent way to find a connection with the self. Music is a good way to unwind from life’s complexity. A good 10-minute music-playing session could bring a week’s worth of peace of mind to anyone.
Music instils discipline
It’s important for children to experience and learn how discipline works. Learning to play an instrument introduces children with the concept of delayed gratification. This is because, of course, kids will have to wait for a while and put their head in the game to learn to play their first song for the first time.
Music creates a better person out of your child
Playing musical instruments can be a factor in a well-developed personality. Aside from the aspects enumerated above, playing musical instruments and becoming good at it lifts self-esteem. It also expands a person’s cultural familiarity, which makes a child appreciate diverse culture.
These benefits might not be apparent in the early years, but with constant guidance and adequate support, our little ones will be on-track in becoming a better musician and a better person.