Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Five Reasons Why Music Matters To Your Child

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Five Reasons Why Music Matters To Your Child

The availability of musical education for children is crucial, as it provides a wealth of benefits for any child that are both long-lasting and reach into many other aspects of their lives.
Why Music Matters

Music education fosters creativity
Although each child finds passion and inspiration in different ways, music and the arts are an excellent outlet for the creativity that wells inside them.  Without an outlet for emotional expression, this inherent creativity, talents may go unrealized.  Children who are not challenged, either cognitively or creatively are more likely to exhibit behavioral problems and to experience academic challenges in school.

musical instruments, music education, music and academic performance

Musical accomplishments bolster self confidence.
While elementary level is the perfect time to introduce music, arts and foreign languages to absorbent young minds, during the middle years of grade school, many children suffer from low self esteem and weak self confidence.  With each session of practice, a child’s musical ability grows, as does their level of comfort and feelings of achievement.
Musical education provides social connection and kindred friendships.
During the middle years of grade school, your child is likely traveling from class to class and interacting with varied teachers, personalities and students.  Meeting for musical education can be a positive respite from the normal stresses of everyday school life, with students who choose to participate for a common goal.  This group of students may change a bit over time however most will continue on together until graduation, forming a strong, positive bond that will be valued among other more fickle school friendships.

Frederic Chopin's Prelude No. 7, Sheet Music, Chopin
Mastering a musical instrument helps students succeed .
Studying music provides a wide range of advantages that will benefit your child in all aspects of their educational journey.  Your child’s musical efforts will provide important cognitive stimulation as they constantly learn new techniques and works, improving their memory skills.  There are countless studies supporting the academic advantages of participating in music education programs during grade school, with improvements noted in both grade points and IQ scores.

Cello Bridge, Music Education, Music & Students, Turidoth Photography
Photo Credit:  Turidoth
Participation in musical education promotes social skills and teamwork

Learning and mastering a musical instrument requires patience, discipline and dedication.  
Students in a musical program must make a commitment to do their personal best and be responsible for their instruments, as well as tackling new challenges.  Skill  within a group or instrument section varies which each individual and musical students are expected to interact with their peers in a supportive, positive way.  Students with stronger skills may be asked to mentor classmates who are struggling or younger students.

Please support the music and art programs 
in your local schools 
and insist upon their availability to all students.

Do you play any musical instruments?
What about your children?
What is an instrument that you always wanted to play?
Tell me in a comment below!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.


Heather Smith said...

Another is that studies have shown that Music helps with Math!

Jai M. said...

I do play piano, and, coincidently, Chopin is my favorite (you have some sheet music from him in your post) I would also like to learn the harp

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...

I can't wait for my toddler to be old enough to play an instrument so that I can relearn to play the piano or something with him!

Pam said...

I do play the piano but it was something that my mom wanted instead of me so...I didn't spend a lot of time on it.

Crystal Threeprncs said...

I am not very musical and neither are my kids. I did try the clarinet in elementary school, but I never caught on :(

Samantha said...

i could not agree with you more! music and the arts are so important, and help foster creativity and give kids an outlet

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