Education in the past decade has seen a 360 degree transformation. Today education is not all about academics and doing well academically. Education now has a healthy balance of learning with sports, music and the importance of acing life skills and real world skills. Sports, and performing arts are now given equal importance as it helps children in building skills that will help them in their future. In this article, we will talk about one performing art and that is the importance of learning music.
Let’s start with defining Music – vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
Music features in most cultures in the form of songs, jingles, plays, rhymes, and more. Since childhood parents use music to calm children down, teach them concepts, or entertain them. A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.
Music is not only entertaining it has emotional and development health benefits. There are studies that show lullabies and live music will help stabilize your newborns’ vital signs.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of learning music at a young age:
1. Music has a calming effect: each child relates to some music and it has a calming effect whether your child is having a cranky day or you want to contain their over excitement.
2. Playing an instrument helps develop fine motor skills: playing any instrument requires the use of hands and legs and a lot of coordination of the mind and body, which in turn helps with developing fine motor skills.
3. Learning music helps in improving math skills: reading music sheets is an art that requires children to follow counts, beats etc. As children keep reading and learning how to read music, it also improves their math skills.
4. Playing music improves eye-hand co-ordination: playing an instrument requires the co-ordinating of their hand and eye. Over time one sees a great improvement in the same.
5. Music has a relaxing quality: playing music can help children relax, soothing music is especially helpful. Children who learn music instruments often use it as a means of exploring their creativity and to also take a welcome break from the world around them.
6. Playing a musical instrument teaches discipline: learning a musical instrument requires discipline. Because the instrument has a set pattern of functioning and it requires practice to master the instrument.
7. Preparing children for the future: as we move towards an every changing future, creativity is a key life skill that will be essential. Learning music enhances creativity. As it makes children push the boundaries of what they have learnt, to build different tunes, and to experiment with different kinds of sounds and melodies.
8. Enhances creative thinking: While playing an instrument a child explores playing it differently to make a soundtrack or their own unique song. This, in turn, helps children enhance their creativity.
9. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music also improve on their spatial intelligence – this allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
10. Children learn to work in a team: children who are part of a band or learn in a group also learn to collaborate with other children and make music together. Thereby teaching them to work in a team.
If you look around you, almost everyone enjoys music be it listening to music or singing, or playing an instrument. However, they do not realise how immensely beneficial music can be, in the development of children. There are many more benefits to learning music. The purpose of this article was to encourage you to look at all-around development for your children and music is an important aspect in making this a reality. Encourage your children to learn some musical instrument or sing. Even if they do not make a career out of it, this knowledge will help them in more ways than one.