When you ask your kids what they want to be when they grow up, their responses might be a little different than yours were when you were growing up. When you were coming up, kids would say things like a fairy princess or policeman. If you ask today’s generation of kids what they want to be when they grow up, you might get responses like “I want to be like Beyonce when I grow up” or “I want to be a YouTube star when I grow up!”
That’s quite a change in life aspirations. Sure, those responses might not be your idea of an appropriate life goal, but do you know what those types of responses are telling you? They are telling you that your child has an interest in music, and that’s an achievable life goal that can bring excellent life skills and success to your child.
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Music is More Than Just Music
When it comes to extracurricular activities for your children, most parents immediately turn to sports, in hopes of their child becoming the next Peyton Manning or Michael Jordan. Still, the reality is that while sports teach children excellent life skills like teamwork and problem-solving, music also teaches children many skills that can be used in and out of a classroom setting.
Music is something that can be learned, and that’s the great news. There are specific skills and talents that you either have it, or you don’t. Well, music is an art that can be learned, whether you ave it or you don’t; As long as you have the determination to learn, you can achieve musical success, and your child can achieve that same musical success as well.
The key here is to find reputable music schools that offer music lessons from exceptional teachers. The lessons they learn in a music school will go with them way beyond the classroom setting too!
Everything from practising patience and using good manners to having a better understanding of math and becoming a team player, your child will get so much more from music than it just being music. According to the National Association for Music Education, one of the major benefits of learning music is that it will encourage your child to love learning as well!
If you’re still on the fence about just how much your child can benefit from music education, take a look at how your child will be able to take their learning experience in music education and apply it in and outside of the classroom.
Benefits of Music Education In and Out of the Classroom
Music Lessons Improve Discipline and Patience
From the moment children start learning, they begin to experience the pains of frustration and not getting it right the first time. Everything from learning to crawl to learning to tie their shoes, they become easily frustrated when they have to do something to get it right repeatedly.
With music lessons, your child will learn about delayed gratification. This means that to reach a musical goal, it’s going to require practice for many weeks and sometimes years to achieve a particular musical goal. That translates into patience and discipline.
Depending on their instrument of choice, specific instruments have steep learning curves. Still, if they’re interested in music, they’re going to be willing to slow down and be patient as well as be disciplined enough to practice outside the music lessons.
Music Lessons Improves Academic Performance
What lots of people tend to forget is just how to sync music and math are. When your children have a grasp on the beat and rhythm of the music as well as the many scales that come with it, your kids are diving deeper into the mathematics of division, patterns, and fractions. Because of this, your child’s brain automatically becomes better equipped to understand other areas of math and even science.
Music Lessons Boost Self-Esteem
Music lessons can be the poster child of “not getting it right the first time,” which gives way to being able to accept constructive criticism and turning it into a positive improvement. It’s going to show them that nobody is perfect and that everybody can always improve in certain areas of their musical career, which includes themselves and their classmates.
Once they practice and work hard enough to improve in their difficult music areas, it will boost their confidence in knowing that they can tackle and overcome any challenge they may face.
Music Lessons Improve Social Skills
Music lessons in a classroom setting require peer-to-peer interactions and communication. This interaction between students promotes teamwork. For example, the area that your child may excel in might be a problem area for another student. To play together as a classroom, your child might decide on their own to help that student with their problem area outside the classroom. This could lead to practice groups outside the classroom.
But to even get to that point, your child will have to communicate and engage with the other students in the class. This particular skill can translate into public speaking engagements later in life or prompt them to want to become a music teacher themselves, you never know!