5 Reasons Our Kids Take Music Lessons

Do your kids take music lessons? If not, I hope this post will encourage you to give it a second thought.

You could say I was a musical child. I had several years of guitar, clarinet, piano and voice lessons. I played in a folk group at church as a youngster and sang in a choir in college.

Yes, music was and still is a big part of my life. And I knew when I became a parent, music would play a role in my kids’ lives, too.

With three boys, the first question from most people when discussing my kids’ extracurricular activities is, “What sports do they play?”

Now don’t get me wrong, I love sports! My dad is a sports fanatic and he passed some of those genes on to me. They teach kids a ton of valuable lessons. And we encourage all of our kids to play sports.

Yet, just as many parents want their kids to play sports, I wanted our kids to play music, too. Exposing kids to a variety of activities makes them well-rounded.

When our kids were little, we’d dance, sing and listen to all kinds of different songs to expose them to music.

And then when our oldest son was a 2nd grader, he began and continues to play piano. Our middle son has taken lessons for a few years and our youngest will start very soon.

Our middle-schooler is required to either play a musical instrument or sing in the choir. What a fabulous requirement! He decided to play the trombone. Let’s just say no matter how good you are at the trombone, it still sounds like a trombone!

Top 5 Reasons Our Kids Play Music

Here are our TOP 5 reasons for kids taking music lessons:

1. Learn self-discipline and delayed gratification.

Learning a new skill takes time and effort. This is the case with playing an instrument. It requires practice and discipline. It doesn’t happen overnight. It can take many minutes of practice to master a chord let alone a whole song.

According to Wikipedia, delayed gratification refers to “resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later.” This is an important trait for kids to learn. Through music lessons, kids learn they have to practice often in order to reap the benefit of playing a whole song correctly.

2. Build self-confidence.

When your child masters a musical challenge, they develop a sense of pride. The time and effort pays off when you see the look on your child’s face after they’ve played the music correctly. Little successes add up to bigger ones which increase your child’s self-esteem.

For example, our piano instructor has the kids play in a recital once a year. Preparing for this takes a lot of practice. It also takes courage to play in front of others.

Below is a short video of our son playing his favorite song on the keyboard!

3. Increase reading and math comprehension.

Music is brain power! Several studies show how playing music has a positive effect on reading and math comprehension.

According to the Children’s Music Workshop, “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.”

Whether it’s beats per minute, rhythm, scales or patterns, at some level, all music is math.

4. Improve listening skills.

Hmm….don’t we all wish our kids listened better to us? I can’t say for certain if playing music helps in this area!

But playing music does require kids to listen very carefully. Listening for a wrong note in a scale, listening for the melody if playing with others, hearing the pitch if tuning an instrument or listening to the instructor all improve listening skills.

5. Enrich kids’ lives.

This is the most important reason our kids take music lessons. Music allows kids to express themselves in a different way. It allows them to think in a different way. And in our global world, this is an important trait to have early in life.

They also learn to appreciate the arts and expand their view of the world. Our son likes to play in the band because coming together with others to make a unified sound is pretty cool.

Exposing Kids to Music

At what age should kids start music lessons? I don’t have the magic answer, but our kids started piano when they learned to read. Other studies suggest starting earlier.

We gravitated towards this age because we wanted a positive experience from the beginning and felt if our kids were younger they may have felt more stress.

Perhaps your child is older and they haven’t learned to play an instrument. It’s never too late to start.

We hope this post encourages your child to experience the benefits of playing music!

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato

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