4Music plays a large role in most children’s lives: some kids listen to it, while others actively play an instrument. There are many benefits that come along with music lessons, such as increased school involvement, stress relief, emotional development, and increased self-confidence.
A large influencer in getting children into music classes is schoolwork. Sometimes parents are apprehensive to enroll their kids into music programs because it will detract from their studies. However, a study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, a music educator at the University of Kansas, revealed that students that participated actively in music programs scored around 22% higher in English and 20% higher in math on standardized tests. There are many factors that go into improvement in school performance and involvement. Learning an instrument helps with memory recall and vocabulary, which carries over into their studies. As well as academics, music education helps students look forward to going to school.
Boost in Self Confidence
Music teachers want to help boost self-confidence in their students, not just because it’s what educators do, but because it improves their musicianship. Instructors have a vested interest in improving your child’s self-esteem. They do this by giving students challenges that are adequate for their developmental level, allowing your child to reach various successes. Singing, playing instruments, exposure to multiple musical styles, and developing musical skills can help students improve their self-esteem due to the safe environment the instructor creates in his or her classroom. Therefore, playing music may help your child’s self confidence flourish.
It is no secret that music can help with stress relief. Playing an instrument stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the hormones in our bodies that make us feel good. Releasing endorphins improves blood flow and blood pressure. As a result, it helps relieve stress. With that stress relief comes the decreased risk of that burn-out feeling students experience throughout the school year. So, if your child is feeling stressed out from school situations or home situations, enrolling them in music classes may help relieve some of their stress.
21st Century Skills
With recent changes in education systems, you may have heard of the term “21st Century Skills.” These skills refer to the other areas in our student’s lives, not just the academics; teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Schools all over the nation are incorporating these skills into curriculum. Learning an instrument helps with all four of these categories. Being part of a music program will teach students learn how to work together by synching their timing and supporting each other in the learning process. Creativity also plays a large part in music education, as well as critical thinking and problem solving.
Children feel that natural yearning to take risks, to push limits. This can be scary as a parent, not knowing how your kids are going to release those urges. When you enroll your kids in music lessons, you are offering them a way to take risks responsibly. Being in a music class can be scary sometimes, being put on the spot to perform or to learn something that is outside of your comfort zone. These are all risks that your children are going to be asked to take, giving them an adrenaline rush in a safe environment that is curated by a professional.
The way a child matures and develops emotionally impacts his or her character. Emotional development goes hand-in-hand with self-esteem. Students invested in a musical instrument are learning determination and self-awareness, increasing their self-esteem. Children that are active in music education are more likely to be comfortable in social situations, such as speaking with teachers and adults. Musical education can help students feel more self-confident in a variety of situations.
Music lessons can help children in many ways. Ranging from quality of schoolwork to developing social skills, learning an instrument can enrich the life of your child.