• Sandra Howe

15 Ways Music Helps Your Child

Music education can do a lot more than simply produce musicians! It can help your child in amazing ways.

1. Improve IQ

Learning an instrument is a complex process, one that involves looking for patterns, memorizing patterns, translating information and doing all this at the same time as coordinating the body and breath. It is not surprising that studies have shown music lessons can increase IQ scores.

2. Regulate Emotions

Both listening and playing music has the benefit of calming and regulating our emotions. Being able to manage emotions effectively helps in every aspect of a child’s life. Music lessons can help with being able to identify emotions and can increase emotional intelligence.

3. Improve Math

Music lessons can actually improve math and studies have shown that instruction in rhythmic instruments and keyboard can improve test scores. Music and rhythm study involves using problem solving skills and maths skills which may account for these improvements.

4. Improve Language

Music lessons have been shown to make big changes to the brain which increase the ability to understand language which in turn improves reading, listening and literacy skills. WOW!

5. Social Bonding

Music can form friendships! Playing music in a group can help children feel closer and belong to the group. By synchronizing movements, creating rhythmic patterns or creating harmonies together it can create a feeling of contributing to a larger whole and can form strong connections within the group.

6. Improve Memory

When learning a musical instrument, children need to remember a great deal of information. Note values, note pitches, rhythmic patterns, fingering combinations, musical symbols and much more. Studies have found that music lessons improve a child’s memory which can lead to a great many benefits in other areas.

7. Spiritual Benefit

Studies have shown that children taking part in music lessons felt benefits of a spiritual kind, feeling more connected and uplifted by the experience

8. Increase Confidence

Overcoming difficulty can help children believe in their abilities and improve their overall confidence.

9. Perseverance

To succeed in music lessons, we need to practise and practise a lot! Children learn that their practice may not yield results immediately but through hard work and perseverance they will succeed. This has benefits beyond music. Children who are finding school tasks difficult are more likely to stick at it when they have learnt the valuable lesson of perseverance.

10. Improved Reflexes

Music lesson could speed up your child’s reflexes. This can be beneficial for many activities including sports and recreational play. Later in life this could help with activities which require quick reaction times such as driving and it could even improve reaction times in the elderly.

11. Improves Brain Function

Studies have shown that music lessons can improve brain function in children which can last a lifetime. Music lessons can stimulate the brain in various ways which helps cognitive development children. Music literally changes the brain for the better!

12. Improves Health

Music has been shown to improve health too! Making music can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety. It has even been shown to help our ability to fight off infections.

13. Stimulate Creativity

Music lessons have been shown to strengthen the connection between the two hemispheres of our brain which is thought to improve creative thinking processes enabling greater problem-solving ability helping children to think ‘outside the box’.

14. Improve Self-Esteem

Studies have shown that music lessons have the ability to increase a child’s feeling of self-worth benefiting them emotionally and socially.

15. Music Appreciation

Music lessons can open children’s ears and mind to various different styles of music and can lead to a greater knowledge of music, art and culture from around the world.

1. http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun06/iq.aspx

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10730700

3. http://www.uwosh.edu/psychology/faculty-and-staff/frances-rauscher-ph.d/RauscherHinton_2006.pdf

4. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/learning-musical-instrument-improves-language-reading-skills/

5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4179700/

6. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/music-lessons-improve-kids-brain-development-memory-study-1.600098

7. http://www.classicfm.com/music-news/musicians-improved-reactions/

8. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201503/10-ways-musical-training-boosts-brain-power

9. https://www.livescience.com/40597-playing-musical-instrument-good-health.html

10. https://www.musicalfutures.org/musical-futures-blog/10-reasons-why-singing-should-be-in-the-classroom

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