Sports, scouts, school activities. Where can you fit in music classes and why? Music education is a wonderful way to develop not only a little one’s appreciation of music, but their skills and abilities in other areas. Whether you’re on the fence about adding to your child’s schedule or just curious about them trying something new, here’s 3 ways that music can benefit your child’s growth.
STEM and music go together like PB&J. Learning an instrument introduces children to areas like math and science by learning how beat, rhythm, and scales go together. With this, they strengthen their math skills by dividing, creating musical fractions, and recognizing patterns. By learning an instrument, children are introduced to the science behind music and further deepen their understanding of scientific concepts like sound waves, frequency, and auditory processes. Not to mention, children have a better understanding of how technology and engineering fit into music. How are instruments made? How are computers used to make music? How do the two fit together?
Musician Motor Skills
Learning specific instruments can improve fine motor skills. Playing instruments like the drums can fine-tune motor skills as it requires the movements of the hands, arms, and feet, which makes it a great instrument for high-energy children. Learning an instrument like the violin or piano strengthens motor skills as it requires children to use their left and right hands simultaneously while doing different actions. It’s kind of like mastering how to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time! Playing instruments helps children develop ambidexterity and enhance coordination with their body and sight.
Social, Musical Butterfly
Whether your child participates in group classes or one-on-one lessons, learning an instrument is great to improve social skills and social awareness. Group classes encourage peer interaction and communication in order to achieve a common goal: a great musical sound! Children collaborate as a team while also understanding how their individual part fits in with the rest of the group. One-on-one lessons strengthen social skills by providing a safe, individual environment to work on interpersonal skills. Children can enhance their social awareness and empathy by making music as it requires listening skills to pick up on cues. Music is inherently emotional, so children are able to learn to better decipher emotional cues. Is this a happy song? A sad song? An angry one? This helps in strengthening their emotional intelligence which in turn enhances their social skills.
Music education is a rewarding experience that can enhance so many aspects of a child’s life, all with the simple act of your little one picking up an instrument.
By Carlynn Arcese, Glazer Children’s Museum