Like drawing, many people think they can’t play a musical instrument. They think they aren’t musical and that prevents them from picking one up and having a go. However, you don’t have to be hugely talented to gain the great benefits of playing an instrument. This is even more important for children who can really benefit from the attributes they can naturally develop through music. 


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Photo by Ivette Peña on Unsplash

BRAIN GROWTH 

According to studies in the field of neuroscience, learning to play a musical instrument helps to grow the brain and improve different kinds of intelligence. This happens because new neural pathways are created in the brain that helps children with other creative activities in life. Imagine if you only lived and worked in the same place your entire life: you always live between the same four walls and take the same routes to the shops to buy the same items every week. You will be less likely to come up with creative solutions to problems than someone who stimulates their brain.

LANGUAGE SKILLS 

Learning musical instruments doesn’t only give children a new hobby and a new skill, it also helps them to read and speak more easily. That is because participating in music lessons develops the brain’s left hemisphere that’s responsible for language development. Learning a musical instrument or participating in a music class with the help of a Naim machine helps with sound recognition and teaches rhythm and rhyme. Some of the times and melodies learned in childhood will remain with people throughout their lives.


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Photo by Michael Maasen on Unsplash

MATHS SKILLS 

There are math people and there are language people, and you are one or the other – so the old cliche goes. But how true is that really? Surely we all have the same grey matter and are just as capable of doing sums as we are of writing letters. Learning a musical instrument can help. Studies show that learning a musical instrument helps children to learn fractions more easily, understand pattern recognition, and problem solve. Music is a mathematical form in many ways, and learning this form has broader applications. 

MEMORY AND ATTENTION 

Does your child seem a little absent minded at times? Maybe they are forgetful or can keep their attention for very long. Learning a musical instrument can help improve these traits. Musically trained people tend to have better working memories and comprehension.  Whether it’s guitar, piano, flute, or saxophone, musical instruments require attention and concentration to play. If your child is absent minded this may lead to frustration at first, but stick with it. Incentivize them and turn it into a game.


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Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

COORDINATION

Young children need to learn coordination  and spatial awareness. This helps with all kinds of sports and life activities. It’s recommended to teach this coordination early so they can benefit from sports and games – they may even discover a love or passion for something. Playing a musical instrument can help with your child’s coordination. In the same way playing sports is good for spatial awareness  dancing to music or coordinating the fingers develops important motor skills that can’t be unlearned. This helps to coordinate the body and mind early in life. 

Post contribute by Beatz Academy

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