How Can Learning An Instrument Benefit Children?

Is your child interested in learning to play a musical instrument? If they’re thinking of learning to play the drums or the electric guitar, then your first thought may be to buy noise-cancelling headphones. But before you start grumbling about the potential racket, take a read as to how learning an instrument benefits children!

Firstly, it’s great that your children love music and are interested in learning to play an instrument. Aside from being hugely enjoyable, there is a multitude of benefits which extend into many aspects of life and personal development.

These include:

  • Improved cognitive functions, including long-term memory, processing information and problem-solving.

  • Improved motor skills, including coordination and reaction times.

  • Improved reading skills.

  • Improved listening skills.

  • Fostering creativity and self-expression!

  • Teaching perseverance and discipline. (You get out of it what you put in!)

  • Building self-confidence.

  • Reducing stress.

  • Creating happiness!!

Studies by neuroscientists have continually shown that learning to play an instrument ‘tremendously benefits a child’s brain development in ways that can improve cognitive function throughout his or her lifespan’ according to Psychology Today. There is a direct correlation between learning to play an instrument and cognitive functioning!

Whilst the cognitive benefits are a huge perk, more importantly, playing music is fun. It takes regular practice and perseverance, but it all pays off when you see your children having a jam session or joining a band! They’ll be able to expand their social circle and look forward to their lessons and playing with their friends.

And of course, you can always get noise-cancelling headphones if you must…

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