Music Education

Why Give Your Child Piano Lessons?


MUSIC EDUCATION

Benefits

Throughout my time as a music teacher I have seen the development of many hundreds of children.  I have had the pleasure of teaching in both affluent areas and in the most deprived areas possible.  Within my teaching I began to realise that being able to play a musical instrument was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to music education.  I found the development of children exposed to music to far exceed expectations.

I have below ten key reasons why every child should play an instrument.

1. Learning ability

More and more studies show a correlation between higher academic achievements with children who are exposed to music.  Music stimulates parts of the brain that are related to reading, math, and emotional development.  Basically grades in all subjects have been seen to improve.

2. Memory

Children remember more and learn more with music.  Research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development.

3. Socially

Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline.

4. Confidence

Having good confidence enhances every part of your life, if you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help immensely.  Children find that they can develop a skill by themselves, that they can get better and better.

5. Patience

Children require instant gratification, but life demands patience. When you are playing in a band or orchestra, you have to be willing to wait your turn to play, otherwise the sound is a mess. That inadvertently teaches patience. You need to work together in a group to make music.

6. Connection

Music can be a much-needed connection for kids.  It can help unwind from the worries of life, but unlike the other things children often use for this purpose, such as excessive eating, TV or aimless web browsing, it makes children more alive and connected with one another.

7. Constant learning

You can never truly learn everything there is to know.  Music is inexhaustible, there is always more to learn but once children get on the path they seek more knowledge, whether that’s playing their favourite solos or creating a masterpiece.

8. Expression

In the past few years all arts programs have been diminishing for academic subjects.  This is the world we live in but no substitute has been given to allow for children’s expression.  Music and the arts is a great way for children to convey themselves and will often lead to expression of feelings they find hard to articulate through words

9. Discipline

To improve in music, you have to not only do well in classes, but devote time to practicing outside of the lessons too. That requires discipline.  Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key.  They are naturally curious and excited about them and the discipline that children learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself and has shown to help children with learning disabilities including ADHD.

10. Creativity

Playing music, particularly as kids get to more advanced levels is a creative pursuit. Creativity is good for the mind, body and soul.
 

So how can I make a difference? 

Although musical instruments, technology and teaching has moved forward at a rapid pace, the same philosophy of old is still been taught to learn music.  Often the same melodies taught from a stave from generation to generation.  Although this method has been adopted for hundreds of years it goes against our brains learning style.

I adopt an “Ears before Eyes” learning approach, which is as natural as the way we all learned to speak and which is a central tenet of music tuition.

Along with good inspirational tuition, it is important we keep the children inspired and motivated.  Performances, recordings and exams are a good stimulant.

 

A8C3EC91-8691-47B3-98F9-B681A3D43F54

 

To Summarise  

These are just a few of many reasons music education is so significant in our children’s day and gives them a vast advantage in the fostering of self-expression, emotional intelligence and responsibility, the development of discipline, pride, concentration and social communication as well as the development of physical coordination and problem solving skills.

Although this sounds like a magic formula and a solution to all children’s learning, we must also be aware of the dangers we may encounter if music tutoring is approached incorrectly.

I have in the past encountered too many children who have, after initial enthusiasm, given up on music and instruments mainly due to negative experiences.  This can impact on a child’s perception of music and be detrimental for the rest of their lives.  A quote I hear all too often is

“I really wish I´d learned to play a musical instrument”

The reasons given are usually due to un-inspirational teachers, using un-inspiring teaching methods.