Music education can change the trajectory of your child’s life. The following three benefits of music education just scratch the surface of all music can do for your little ones!
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Even though I do not consider myself to be a very musically talented, but some of my fondest childhood memories include taking piano lessons from third to tenth grade.
I eagerly looked forward to my weekly lessons, and I couldn’t wait to get home to practice. Piano recitals were nerve wracking yet rewarding. I fondly remember how proud I was to passionately hammer out the pop hit “Right Here Waiting For You” in one of my elementary school recitals. I felt like a real concert pianist.
While I didn’t take my music lessons much further, my husband’s childhood music lessons eventually landed him a college degree.
My husband took voice lessons as a child, and he eventually learned to play the saxophone and excelled in his high school’s marching band.
His saxophone skills earned him a scholarship that paid for his entire first three years of college–room and board and all!
Because he played in the college’s marching band and also one of the college’s jazz bands, he was able to graduate college nearly debt-free.
While I didn’t take music beyond high school, and my husband didn’t do much with it after college, he and I both still look to our experience with music education as vital instruments in our growth as individuals.
So far, our oldest three children have taken some music theory classes at their school, and our oldest has taken a little bit of piano. Our child who seems most interested in music, however, is our toddler son! We are currently thinking about enrolling him in a music therapy class to help with his speech.
The fact is, music education goes beyond being a fun extracurricular for your child. The benefits of music education are truly life changing.
I believe that learning how to play an instrument or sing can change the trajectory of your life.
While the benefits of music education are multifaceted and many, I would love to point out 4 important ones below:
1. Music education helps build confidence.
While sports can do the same thing, one thing I like about individual music classes is that they allow a child to make mistakes without a large group or team watching their every move.
Yes, there is a time and place for group learning, but some children thrive on the one-on-one or small group instruction that most music classes offer.
I personally struggled with a low self-esteem as a child, and learning how to plan the piano grew my confidence. When you learn how to play songs, you feel like you’re on top of the world and can do bigger and greater things.
2. Music education aids in academic improvement and retention.
I believe this was a major benefit for me. I excelled academically after I began taking piano lessons (whereas I struggled to learn how to read, etc. my first three years in school). I ended up graduating as valedictorian of my small Christian high school, and I graduated with honors from college.
Now, was all of this a result of me taking piano lessons as a child? No, but I do think it helped.
Music education teaches self-discipline and requires focused attention. These are both skills needed for academic success as well.
3. Music education can benefit your child financially.
Yes, music education is not cheap, but it can be affordable.
The return on investment can reap positive rewards for your child for the rest of his or her life.
It nearly paid for my husband’s entire college degree. As well, I have many friends who are able to make a very good income on the side by playing instruments for church or community groups or by giving lessons from their homes.
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Do your children take music lessons? What are some of your favorite benefits of music education?
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