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Why We Should Encourage Our Children To Play Traditional Music Instruments

Children in most cases encounter music through school, church, relatives, and friends. When your child has expressed the interest in learning music, embrace the amazing opportunity. Children of all ages who are encouraged to learn an instrument can gain much from the benefits music.

Studies and experts agree that by learning how to play an instrument, your child is given the chance to experience a whole new way to learn, which can impact their confidence levels and education beyond the music room. According to Dr. Sean M. Parr, an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Anselm College, "Learning a musical instrument can improve the lives of children exponentially and on many levels." This gives us parents a whole chunk of reasons why we should be on board.

Encouraging children to learn traditional music instruments helps foster confidence. It also benefits their brain, promotes group responsibility, teaches discipline, and improves emotional well-being. You should also know what to expect because studying music does not only require money but also ample time and commitment. Support them and help them to dedicate time in learning music so that they can continue to improve.

During the start of their music lessons, it's important to remember that your child’s first notes may not be perfect at first. But soon, those awkward squeaks or sounds will be replaced by actual notes and then eventually a tune. They will eventually get the hang of it and you will begin to see their confidence soaring. As they get better, their self-confidence and self-worth increases and these result in positive expression. Watching your children transform through music education is amazing and truly inspiring.

Listening to music also improves certain brain functions. Learning to play music does even more as it actually enhances spatial reasoning. Kids who have better spatial reasoning skills tend to do a lot better at math. Aside from math, music instruction in childhood can help improve verbal comprehension, processing speed, perceptual organization, and freedom of distraction according to Dr. Parr.

When your child begins to practice music within a group setting, it helps promote personal and social responsibility. Having the opportunity to play with their peers in a band or an ensemble gives them a sense of social responsibility that they are not only responsible for their own success, but the group’s success as well. This further shapes the child’s successful social development.

Children are not only exposed to music; they are also being exposed to the life skills that they can develop which can be applied to the other areas of their life. Music promotes craftsmanship and achievement. Learning music is challenging and rewarding. It also helps combat stress and it teaches children discipline.

You can start by renting instruments instead of buying. There’s a chance that your child’s preferred instrument might change. It would be easier to make the change if you rent to avoid losing a significant amount of cash. Once your child has decided on an instrument then that’s the time you can consider buying especially if they are interested in drums. Visit a trusted music centre that can surely help you out with that.


About the author:

Darren Perkins is a drummer, teacher, and the owner of Red Drum Music Studio, a studio in Melbourne that teaches kids – and kids at heart – how to play drums. During his spare time, he’s usually online researching the coolest drums and other music topics. His fascination of everything related to drums, music, and education has led him to share his own experiences and ideas online through guest blogging. Visit their website to know more.