Learning to play a musical instrument at an early age can help a child build discipline and character. The piano, particularly, can be helpful as a stepping stone to learning music theory as well as a number of other instruments. The piano can teach children a musical language that includes the vocabulary of rhythm, melody, and expression, all of which can help a child discover who they are through music. The discipline of practicing a musical instrument on a regular basis is a great character building exercise that carries over to all aspects of a child’s life.
Music is good for a child’s brain. Scientific studies have shown that children who learn to play music also improve grades and learning in other subject matters that are non-musical. Just by learning to play a musical instrument children expand their overall knowledge across the curriculum. It seems learning music has the ability to improve the intelligence and IQ of children by expanding the knowledge base in their brains.
Music Learning as Life Learning
Giving a child the gift of a musical education is a benefit that can continue throughout their lives. Even if a child grows up and doesn’t use their musical education as a vocation, the music knowledge they have can offer a lifetime of learning and pleasure from playing music. Playing music offers children and adults the opportunity to learn to play with others as a band or just a group of players who get together to jam. There are valuable social skills learned from playing music in a group.
Music as a Universal Language
Even if your child doesn’t continue to play a musical instrument once they grow up, the appreciation for and love of music can inspire and provide pleasure that can last a lifetime. As a universal and abstract art form, music can support us and improve our sense of well being when we need it the most.
Music education is important for children to give them tools that can improve and enrich their everyday lives for the rest of their lives.