Using musical instruments to help children learn
As parents we are always seeking new ideas and ways of promoting healthy development skills in our children. For years studies have shown that children who actively partake in musical education have developed faster and more effective skills in a variety of areas. Studies have also shown that nearly every child has some sort of musical ability. We as parents simply need to provide the support necessary to help them fine tune these skills.
The first question we usually have is “what instrument should I choose?”. The answer to this is not a cut and dry, one size fits all type of solution. Many parents choose children’s piano’s as a first instrument as kids seem to be open to the ease of use and the different sounds a piano makes. Others will go for a more complex instruments such as a kids size guitar or school band instruments such as cello’s, harps, violins, xylophones and so on. Drums are also a great early musical instrument as children tend to enjoy the noise and fun of banging a drum. The bottom line is no matter which they choose the benefits are almost endless.
When a child begins to engage in musical activity numerous brain activity is being used. This activity is just the spark that some kids need to help them grow mentally and even build better physical attributes. Some of the most common benefits of instrument playing and musical instrument lessons are;
-Enhanced motor skills
-Stronger math and science skills
-Better ability to complete patterns and maze activities
-Parent and teacher bonding
-Higher sense of self worth
While not every child will grow to be a professional musician, many will enjoy playing for years and some will even join their school band or form their very own Garage band someday. Others will simply turn toward other interests and that’s fine too. The point is to provide a healthy and fun way to enhance their development and early learning.
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