All parents want the best for their kids, in terms of their mental and physical health and their performance in school. We try to equip them with the necessary skills throughout their childhood so that one day, when they’re on their own, they will flourish. Exposing your child to music from a young age will provide them with a variety of benefits as they grow up. I have teamed up with a classical music school to explore further below.
Firstly, research has found that exposure to music helps improve brain function and memory. This is because it helps stimulate the part of the brain that is responsible for maths, reading and emotional growth. Although maths looks quite different to music on the surface, they are actually fairly similar. Music involves rhythm, ratios, and proportions, just like maths.
What’s more, music inspires creativity and is a great form of expression. It teaches a child how to focus, a skill needed in school. As a result, children who are involved with music and related activities are more likely to excel academically.
The skills developed through music also help children with their self-esteem. They start to learn that they can do anything they set their mind to, especially as they become more proficient with practise. In addition, children who are part of a band or a choir will develop social skills, such as teamwork, also contributing to their confidence.
A confident child is one that thrives socially and also academically, because they will have the courage to speak up in class and take risks.
Learning an instrument requires patience, your child won’t just become a pro overnight. They must practise and persevere until they nail a piece of music. This also requires self-discipline, which is something we could all use more of.