It’s normal for kids these days to learn to play an instrument and with kids starting up their own bands left, right and centre parents can often get frustrated at the out of tune noises, bangs and repetitive scales that come from their kids learning to play. But, before you go condemning the noise consider how much learning to play an instrument will benefit them and once they master the skills, you could be in for a treat too!
Musical kids are smart – There are plenty of studies floating about showing the positive effects that playing an instrument can have on children. Scientists have said that kids who learn to play an instrument are more likely to do better at school than their non-musical counterparts.
Music develops intelligence – There’s also evidence to show that learning to play an instrument can boost mental functions like memory, increase their attention span and boost IQ.
Music teaches social skills – It is also shown to improve social skills, motor development and communication. Kids who are introduced to music groups or have lessons in groups have better opportunities to interact and have a greater sense of belonging.
Instruments teach discipline – Anyone who has ever learnt to play an instrument will know that it is hard work and if your child sticks with it, they are essentially learning self-discipline and striving to do better. It’s all about practice and the only person who can motivate a child to learn to play an instrument is themselves!
Music is a great stress reliever – Kids these days have plenty of pressure on them – at school, at home and from their peers and music is a great outlet for them. Everyone knows that music can be relaxing – whether it’s turning up the volume for some heavy metal after a bad day or listening to some soothing classical music, you always end up feeling better. If you’re the one playing the music then this can be a great outlet for stress and is a way for kids to find a creative outlet for their self expression.
If your child is looking to learn to play an instrument – whether they already know what they want to play or they just want to get involved – check out the musical instrument section here at Very.co.uk for inspiration!