As parents, we have an obligation to our children to do all we can to help them lead rich and rewarding lives. This starts with our showing them love, feeding and clothing them with the best that we can afford, and preparing them for life’s challenges.
Part of this preparation entails their schooling. We should do all we can to ensure that our children learn from passionate teachers who are dedicated to seeing them succeed in life.
There are several areas of learning that are important. Schools teach the basic subjects of math, language, and social studies. These subject certainly provide a great foundation for young people. But there are other types of learning that parents need to consider for their children that can help them to become more successful in whatever endeavor they choose.
One of these areas is giving them music lessons. When you sign your kids up for music lessons you open them up to receive a range of benefits that will help them throughout their lives. Here are three of the most important benefits they receive.
1. Vastly Improves Concentration
Many young people today have issues with good concentration. Researchers believe that this is due to the fact that young people are constantly multitasking and rarely have uninterrupted focus on one specific activity. As a result, many children have difficulties staying focused on one thing for long periods of time.
Learning to read music and playing a musical instrument are endeavors that demand a high level of concentration. Students must focus on learning a new language and applying this language in a real-world situation. In the beginning it is difficult for the student to attain the level of concentration needed to practice efficiently. However over time it is observed that the student’s ability to concentrate over long stretches steadily increases. This Improvement in concentration is not only helpful for learning an instrument, it is also valuable for studying of school topics, and for taking on detailed tasks.
2. Music Allows Kids to Express Themselves
Many children are introverted or unable to express themselves adequately. This can cause many negative consequences for young people and even cause them to act out. As they grow older it can even lead to their engaging in illegal behavior.
Music gives young people the means and opportunity to express themselves. They learn how to let out their emotions through the music and how to communicate with others. Many musicians report that it is music that helped them to relax more and become better communicators.
3. Music Gets Kids to Pay Attention to Details
Young people tend to overlook the fine details of a task and as a result do not do their best. Because music requires young people to use a range of senses and to use them well, it sharpens their senses. A good music teacher will get students to appreciate that music is a sensory experience involving the eyes, ears, and touch simultaneously. Students will have to focus on each area required to master playing the instrument. This mutli-sensory engagement sharpens each sense along with the brain.
These benefits stay with children into adulthood and are useful in all areas of their lives.