Does participating in music lessons benefit young children?
Music is used in many schools as a teaching aid. Songs are made up to remember the alphabet, timetables and even the periodic table. Music as a subject in its own right can have many benefits for young pupils and learning to play an instrument can have big advantages. In this blog, we’ve highlighted some of the other skills that are learnt and practised in a music lesson.
Studies have shown that learning to play instruments such as the violin and the piano does have a positive effect on the development of a child’s fine motor skills and development in cognitive brain function. Children must practise small but definite finger placement and as their skill increases, they must be able to perform to the tempo.
Learning to play an instrument involves a great deal of discipline. In order to progress practice is required and it must be regular and consistent. In the early stages of learning to play an instrument, it can be very frustrating. Music pupils must be able to demonstrate self-discipline to continue practising and stick with it even when it feels like they aren’t making progress very quickly.
Listening and following the advice of their teacher is something that must be demonstrated during a music lesson. Working as a team with the teacher will benefit both parties. Performing in a group such an orchestra or in a choir requires teamwork, in order to perform successfully. Communication skills must be practised, learning how to work in a large group, of a very mixed dynamic teaches young children that when a group of people work together and cooperate, great things can be achieved.
Improved performance in other classes
A study of more than 112,000 pupils conducted by The Canadian research of school records in British Columbia found that students that learned to play a musical instrument, were on average the equivalent of an academic year better in Maths, Science and English than their non-musical classmates. This study suggests that playing in an ensemble group has a hugely positive impact on pupils academic performance in other areas, not music as an individual subject.
Self-expression and creativity
Having an outlet for self-expression is great for developing creativity in young children. It can also be beneficial as they grow older to have an activity where they are able to express themselves in a physical way.
Learning to play a musical instrument involves a performance element which is great for building confidence in young children. Overcoming any sort of stage fright or performance anxiety is a great lesson in anxiety management. Building confidence through performing is a useful skill for later in life, self-confidence is also great for contributing to good mental health.
Introducing music to children from a young age exposes them to a wealth of positive advantages. Here at Kings School we encourage children to participate in music lessons and offer a range of lessons as extracurricular activities. If you would like to learn more about our school you can request a prospectus here.