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Did you know that music offers a wide range of benefits in sculpting a person’s cognitive abilities? Music is to the brain what weightlifting is to the muscles. Music training — like playing an instrument or taking voice lessons — are closely associated with brain development. Exposing a person to music during their early formative years has a lasting positive impact throughout their life.
How music impacts your child’s cognitive development
Playing different kinds of musical instruments is an avenue for children to improve their movement skills. This is because mastering an instrument allows them to use their hands and feet regularly. Specifically, the continuous playing of instruments help develop the following movement skills:
Learning to play instruments can also be a useful therapy for children experiencing coordination and movement issues. The following musical instruments may help strengthen a child’s motor skills:
Learning what is required for playing a particular instrument can help you and your child in picking the right one that suits their needs. However, the essential factor in choosing one is your child’s eagerness to play it. This desire will keep them motivated and stay on course, even when learning to play the instrument becomes challenging.
Children who make music a part of their lifestyle understand themselves and other people better, according to Dr. Alexandra Lamont, lecturer in the Psychology of Music at the University of Keele. Music classes not only deepen your skills, knowledge, and musical artistry, but also help you meet like-minded, passionate musicians and develop lifelong friendships.
Your child’s first interaction may with their teacher. However, over time, they will start to rub elbows and take classes with other students with whom they share the same passion for one instrument or musical style.
Taking part in music also teaches children the value of teamwork. Students get to learn how musicians collaborate harmoniously to create a melody or reach either an accelerando and crescendo. Achieving a unified goal is one great way to sharpen social skills.
To master an instrument, one needs to put in hours of diligent practice. The process of learning how to play an instrument correctly isn’t as easy as learning your A-B-Cs. You first need to learn the basics (e.g. how to hold an instrument properly) and work your way toward advanced lessons. The experience of mastering an instrument instills in children the essence of patience.
For instance, before learning how to play the violin, you must first learn how to hold the instrument, how to hold the bow, and how to position your feet. This is the same for all instruments; and it teaches kids to persevere through days, months, and even years of practice if they want to crush their goals (e.g. perform in a recital, memorize a solo piece).
Learning and playing instruments at a young age is a way for children to appreciate the importance of music in shaping cultures all over the world. For example, teaching your child to play the violin widens their awareness about how classical music was popularized by Austrian and German musicians. On the other hand, playing the piano lets them appreciate the versatility of the instrument in accompanying a diverse repertoire of musical styles that originated in the American South, like jazz and classical music.
It’s vital to get kids acquainted with diverse cultures because this opens their minds to different ideas and prospects existing beyond their own, leading them to get a clearer understanding of how music and the arts are essential in crafting identities in different societies.
Choosing a skilled and experienced mentor is crucial in developing your child’s musical potential. Learning to play an instrument can change your child’s life for the better. They will continue to benefit as they delve deeper into their musical studies through life.
DeGazon Music of Vaughan is the right training ground for your young musicians. Since 1995, we have helped thousands of children discover their musical talents. With our qualified teachers and flexible class schedules, DeGazon Music can provide you with a learning experience for students aged four to 18 years old. We also serve the communities of Kleinburg, Bolton, Woodbridge, Nobleton, Maple, and Brampton.
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