What Benefits Do Music Lessons Provide to My Child?
Has your child been begging you to sign him or her up for voice, piano, or guitar lessons, or maybe even
another instrument, like the drums or the ukulele?
If the time or money commitment is holding you back from signing up for lessons, check out these
valuable benefits that children experience when they become involved in music!
Builds language skills
As children learn to sing or play their instrument, they begin to notice
different sounds that they might not have noticed or recognized before beginning to study
music. This new awareness of sounds translates into the world of language and phonetics as
well. Their ears begin to pick up on the subtle sounds and nuances of the various languages
spoken around the world.
Researchers have found a strong connection between music lessons and
strong academic achievement. Those who study music tend to have higher GPA’s in school and
higher SAT/ACT scores, along with more advanced reading comprehension and math skills. It is
also known that using music itself in classrooms allows for better recall in even the most
Increases their IQ
Over the years, many studies (see example of one done in 2004 by E. Glenn
Schellenberg) have shown that a child’s IQ increases after simply a few weeks of music lessons.
Scientists have used brain scan technology to reveal that following musical training, brain activity
increases, and at times, parts of the brain even grow bigger.
Teaches them discipline
While children might expect to instantly become a viral sensation as
soon as they begin music lessons, they will quickly learn how much time must be put into
mastering their craft. Before they can even play a sound, they may have to spend hours of time
just learning the proper way to hold their violin or guitar. Taking musical lessons require hours of
dedication, concentration, and patience. Thus, even when the new song or key seems hard, the
child must persevere. This is an invaluable skill to be learned for every area of life.
Supports muscle development and motor skills
When children are playing a song, they must use their entire body to keep the rhythm going while also coordinating with their hands which
are doing different motions at the same time. As they learn this skill, they will develop more
coordination and strength.
Improves social skills
If children are performing music as a duet or in a group, they will have to
learn to work together. This requires them to work as a team towards a common goal while
exercising patience, tolerance, and encouragement toward each other.
Heightens one’s self-worth
When children work on building a new skill for an extended period
of time, they develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments. When this new skill results in
beautiful music for others to enjoy, the result is even more pronounced, and the children gain
more confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Helps children understand culture
Studying music from other parts of the world allows children
to begin to more thoroughly understand that country’s history and culture.