One should learn music for more than just the music. A few studies have found that music plays a key role in learning new skills and improves skills that can be utilized in other areas of life. A lot of research has been compiled to showcase the positive effects of music education on regular academics; they showed that music education increases GPA’s, enhances SAT scores and helps with reading and math. The Journal of Neuroscience has published a number of articles explaining that music changes the brain in such a way that the effects last a lifetime.
There are many benefits that learning music offers. Some of these benefits are:
- Enhanced self-confidence.
- Teaching the qualities of deferred perseverance, patience, and gratification
- Improves awareness, patterns, rhythm, abstract thought, and other cognitive skills.
- Offers opportunities to the adults to take part in community bands as their passion.
- Refine exceptional motor skills and improve hand/eye coordination.
Children who take music lessons always come to the conclusion that hard work and practice leads to exceptional rewards. The effort of practicing the same song for months leads to the conclusion of mastering it and then performing it as no one can perform the song like you do. Learning to stick with a single song for a long time is an effective life lesson that comes in handy in other areas of life.
Opportunities in the Future
Learning music early in life also offers great opportunities to children in adulthood. Playing a musical instrument just for the sense of satisfaction is great enough, but it also opens the door to orchestras, community bands, concerts, and other effective and artistic outlets. Almost all of the musical instruments enhance hand/eye coordination, and children will benefit from effective movements and fine motor skills. Music also demands extraordinary spiritual awareness, and abstract thinking, which leads to improved reading and better mathematical skills. Inspecting notes and associating the written music to the strings or keys on an instrument creates broad brain pathways, especially if an instrument is mastered around the age of eight. Keeping track of music beats for eighth, quarter, half, and whole notes helps develop a sense of rhythm and children will be more likely to find patterns in music.
Effective Temporal Skills
One study also found an informal relation between music and spatial astuteness which means that music understanding can help your child visualize different elements, which can come in handy while solving math problems. These temporal skills help when dealing with multi-step problems as in engineering, math, art, architecture, gaming, and especially working with computers. And it doesn’t end there, aside from better performance in multi-step problems, music can also help your child with basic memory recall.
All children (and even adults) should surely be given an opportunity to learn music at some point in their lives. It is a positive experience that should be led by encouraging parents. We’d love to hear your experience about your child’s music awareness; feel free to leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org