Music is a core aspect of our life. We don’t have to be musicians to truly appreciate the impact music has on the world around us. Certainly, its nothing that can be ignored.
So, learning how to play an instrument, or honing your vocal abilities are all fine skills to acquire. However, the question that often arises is, what’s the perfect time to begin? While I believe there is no age limit to learning, there is undoubtedly a lot of advantages to learning early on.
Here are 7 ways music education can benefit a child’s development.
1. Improved Mental Abilities
It has been proven by countless researches, from the 1930s, that children who have received musical education have higher intelligence and perform better mentally, than those who have not. This is because learning about musical instruments and playing them skilfully helps them grow mentally at a better rate than others. This boosts their abilities and improves their concentration.
Another area that is greatly influenced by musical education is memorizing. These children have a greater memory than the average students, which helps in their studies as well. Furthermore, musical education helps in improving their concentration, helping them sustain attention for longer than average students. All these skills are vital for children to grow and developmentally.
2. Enhanced Language and Reasoning Abilities
Language and reasoning skills are one of the most fundamental abilities that a child develops. Music education helps in further accelerating how and when one gains these skills, and hence, giving them the edge over others.
Broadly, vocalists have enhanced language abilities and confidence, as compared to instrumentalists. A way to improve vocal abilities is through practicing with good Karaoke songs and other related activities. Learning instruments helps the child in enhanced reasoning abilities and improved awareness of the surroundings.
Music as a skill is much sought after all over the world. It is a highly valuable skill and gaining it at such a young age certainly gives the child an edge over others in the modern economy. A key aspect of this is the type of instruments used for the same purpose. Those who use better instruments and are exposed to a better environment end up more successful than others. Furthermore, it helps in building a hobby for the child which is important as, by being involved in this, the child spends time more fruitfully. So, in the case of vocalists, for their ideal development, they must have access to the best professional karaoke machines.
Musical education also helps the child is being exposed to unfamiliar environments, building confidence, and expanding his/her social circle, as research has shown. Through shared interests in music, the child would be much more comfortable and would easily form bonds with others, as compared to someone who is not from such a background. Performing in concerts and events helps in building the confidence of the child.
Musical education has a system and a child cannot excel in the same without putting in a good amount of effort. Hence, being involved in the same helps the child develop a habit of working hard and putting in a lot of effort to achieve a goal, and also disciplines the child. The child would learn to value these things more when s/he has been part of the process, and so it greatly helps in the development of the child, and his/her values.
6. Creativity and Problem-Solving Abilities
Musicians and those from such a background are shown to be more creative and having greater problem-solving abilities than the average public. A child who has undergone such an education would hence be creative in their performances and would produce much more new and original ideas. Similarly, as playing instruments and other forms of music requires a certain level of awareness of the surrounding and so on, they greatly improve the problem-solving abilities as well. The child who has received musical education would be able to make more symbolic associations and notice minute differences as compared to those who do not form such a background.
7. Reducing stress and anxiety
Research has proven that music works as a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. A child who has mastered this would be able to deal with stress much more easily than one who is not from such a background. Musicians often also find playing their instruments or even listening to music as soothing and relaxing. These are all methods that the child could use for entertainment and reduce anxiety levels.
These are 7 ways in which musical education can greatly benefit the development of the child. So, what are you waiting for? Go and encourage your child to go for musical education. You most certainly would not regret it.
Ronald Ross is an enthusiastic musician who has given talks and presentations in various places on the role of music in the modern world. He also writes about musical instruments in his blog LoudBeats.
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