Additional Benefits of Music Education

While learning to play music is great for its own sake, has identified 6 additional benefits of a music education for children.

Music lessons improve academic skills

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. As kids get older, they’ll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills.

Music lessons develop physical skills

Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. Musical instruments help develop ambidexterity, enhance coordination, and improve on timing — which benefits a child by preparing them for physical activities like dance and sports.

Music classes cultivate social skills

Group classes require peer interaction and communication, which encourages teamwork. Playing music in a group setting, or just learning as a group, promotes social cooperation. When playing music together, the musician will need to adjust his tempo and volume to match others. Children develop their social skills as they come to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble.

Learning an instrument teaches discipline and patience

Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through long hours of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention. Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect.

Music lessons boost self-esteem

Music lessons provide an opportunity to give and received constructive criticism, which children benefit from by learning to accept that there are areas they need to improve upon. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. Presenting yourself in public is an important skill that is easily transferrable to public speaking.

Music introduces children to other cultures

By learning about and playing a variety of instruments, kids can discover how music plays an important role in other cultures which fosters open-mindedness about worlds and traditions beyond the ones they know. For instance, bongos and timbales may introduce children to African and Cuban styles of music. Instruments, such as the violin and piano, can accompany a wide repertoire of styles, including classical and jazz.

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As children explore music they improve in academic, physical, and social skills. Music education teaches discipline, it helps to boost self esteem, and it helps foster open-mindedness. When you’re ready we offer a free trial lesson, with group music classes and private music lessons at our music center or online.  We provide music lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in Citrus Heights and surrounding areas, including Fair OaksOrangevaleRosevilleNorth Highlands, and Sacramento.