How Learning To Play An Instrument Can Help Children With Disabilities

Music therapy sessions and learning to play a musical instrument both offer ways to enhance your child’s natural talents, whether they are disabled or not. Learning to play an instrument helps children to take advantage of their unique strengths and natural talents. Music has an incredible ability to positively interact with cognitive functions, with several studies performed by neuroscientists showing amazing results!

Which disabilities are positively affected by music?

Children naturally enjoy listening to music and getting involved in hands-on activities. Learning to play an instrument offers both stimulations. What’s more, melodies and tonal sounds break-down verbal barriers and can increase touch responses, pulse rates and heart-beat, allowing children with specific disabilities to participate in positive forms of interaction. Disabilities that are positively affected by music include:

  • Orthopaedics and physical impairments.

  • Attention-deficit/Hyperactive disorders.

  • Learning disabilities.

  • Speech and language impairments.

  • Behavioural and emotional disorders.

  • Cognitive disabilities.


Because music appeals to something fundamental in every person’s nature, it is so much more than simple counselling. Children with speech and language barriers can benefit from participating in musical activities that use non-verbal sounds! Music also helps to reduce stress by giving children the ability to express themselves through an instrument.

Learning to play a musical instrument also improves cognitive development. Those who have Attention Deficit Disorders can develop concentration skills. Stanford University researched the effects of 20-minute of rhythmic music sessions administered over several months to middle-school boys with attention deficit disorder. The results showed improvements in both concentration and IQ.

Children who suffer from behavioural and emotional disorders benefit from the emotional empowerment and confidence that comes with playing a musical instrument. Playing an instrument is a powerful form of self-expression that doesn’t require verbal communication which some children may find difficult or impossible.

In addition to the emotional and mental benefits, learning to play a musical instrument like the drums can help to improve physical impairments. This is due to the motor skills required to play the drums such as dexterity, strength and concentration. Improving these skills can also help to build children’s confidence in their abilities.

Learning to play a musical instrument can offer incredible benefits for everyone, and especially children with disabilities.

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