Top 5 Reasons Children Should Take Music Lessons
- Music lessons improve academic skills – Some studies show that music lessons can increase your IQ up to 7.5 points. Students who start lessons between the ages of 6-11 are more likely to have higher test scores, lower stress, increased mathematic abilities and better reading comprehension than their non-musically trained peers. Playing and listening to music stimulates the brain in a way nothing else can, and in turn, can also increase memory.
- Music lessons develop motor skills – Playing an instrument enhances hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Typically, the right and left hands are playing two complimenting parts that differ in rhythm and melody, while simultaneously reading sheet music or watching band mates. It equates to reading a book while tapping your head and rubbing your belly.
- Music lessons cultivate social skills and lasting friendships – Group music lessons develop peer interaction and teamwork. When a group is working together to create a beautiful piece of music, they have to communicate and listen to each other to achieve success. As a result, bonds and friendships are nurtured in a way that cannot be replicated.
- Music lessons boost self-esteem and confidence – Learning how to present oneself in public is a skill that translates from a private lesson, to performing in a class, to the stage and into the rest of a student’s life. Students experience small successes on a continual basis that stimulate self-esteem and build confidence. Lessons with a nurturing teacher create a safe space for a student to try new things and to be successful.
- Music lessons refine self-discipline and patience – In a world of instant gratification, music lessons provide a path to teaching self-discipline and patience. When a student begins learning an instrument or singing, it takes time and practice to build the skills needed to achieve greatness. Through building a good work ethic and a structured practice schedule, they learn the value of time and begin to understand delayed gratification.
- Munsey, C. “Music Lessons May Boost IQ and Grades.” American Psychological Association 37 (2006): 13.