Benefits

Apart from being a very satisfying hobby, the benefits of learning a musical instrument include:

Concentration

Learning a musical instrument will help a child develop concentration as they must focus on a particular activity over extended periods of time. Developing concentration in this way will also help them focus their attention on other subjects at school.

Coordination

Practicing musical instruments improves hand-eye coordination. Children develop important motor skills when playing music just as they do when playing different sports.

Relaxation

More and more, music therapy is being used to complement more traditional forms of medicine. Researchers acknowledge that certain types of music can aid relaxation by lowering heart rates and blood pressure.

Patience and Perseverance

In order to learn a musical instrument children must develop patience and perseverance – skills which will help them later in life when they must tackle other more difficult challenges.

Self-Confidence

The act of learning and playing an instrument, the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent will build in a child a sense of pride and confidence. Moreover, children who practice self-expression and creativity often become better communicators later in life.
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Researchers have also found a significant relationship between music instruction and positive performances in such areas as: reading comprehension, spelling, mathematics, listening skills, primary mental abilities (verbal, perceptual, numeric, spatial) and motor skills.

Here’s an interesting video by Anita Collins and Ted-Ed about Music and the Brain…

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