7 REASONS KIDS SHOULD LEARN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Music is a gift for the soul! You will always find music going where our family is, it relieves stress and takes you to your happy place.  Have you ever considered giving your little legends the opportunity to learn a musical instrument? Music and learning an instrument can benefit kids in so many ways:

1-PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ACTUALLY HELPS WITH EDUCATION:

Playing an instrument may seem like it is only a creative act, but in fact it also helps improve maths skills, language skills, listening skills and with reading and comprehension.  It is like a total workout for the whole body including the brain!

2-PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY:

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Playing an instrument is a perfect way for children to find themselves creatively and being able to express themselves through the learning, growing and playing of the instrument.  It teaches them to embrace their creativity and is a great way of self expression.

3-PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT IS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN:

Like mentioned earlier, it is a total body workout, especially for little brains! Playing an instrument increases memory skills (beginning with learning to play the music notes and eventually playing the music off by heart)  brain growth, increases attention skills, and helps with learning how to focus and concentrate on the task at hand.

4-PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT GIVES A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT:

Kids learn a real sense of achievement from learning an instrument.  It doesn't happen overnight, there is a lot of time and dedication in the learning process which teaches patience & perseverance, but when it does happen the joy of a parent watching your child grow is priceless, creating a true sense of achievement.

5- PLAYING IN A BAND INCREASES SOCIAL SKILLS

Joining a band and playing with new people is a great way for kids to learn social skills, plus you get new friends, win win!  Playing amongst a band is teamwork at it’s finest, everyone needs to work together, learn how to relate with each other and to value the rewards that come from working together as a team.

6- PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT  DEVELOPS PHYSICAL SKILLS

Playing an instrument actually helps kids develop their fine motor skills and they are likely to have improved hand eye coordination.  These skills are so important in their early years and will also be beneficial helping with other activities like sports!

7-PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IS ACTUALLY FUN:

We’ve saved the best for last! Learning an instrument is actually FUN and it helps form a lifelong love and enjoyment of music. Everyone loves music right? - have you ever noticed how much music relieves stress and tension? Its healing and so good for the soul!  Studies have shown that playing an instrument regularly has many health benefits including lower levels of stress.

Typically in Australia, learning a musical instrument is normally offered in a school music program, but it’s not something you have to keep to school, you could learn it as an after school activity with a private music teacher or even joining a local choir group.

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Music is so fun, it could even be a family activity for you to take up together, and utilise the many free lessons and tutorials on platforms like YouTube. Check your local areas, you never know what clubs, groups or bands there may be available. We found getting the kids to practice regularly at home can feel like a chore in itself but the weekly band lessons and group lessons, they really enjoy so look out for a group atmosphere.

It’s never too early or late to learn an instrument, even at the ripe age of 36 now i have started slowly to learn to play the ukulele (I’m dreaming of campfire karaoke one day!)  It gives the old brain a good exercise from everyday life that's for sure.

I’ve personally taken advantage of so many awesome videos on YouTube and I’m slowly getting the hang of it. Times have most definitely changed since i was at school learning the recorder & violin; the world is our oyster now!  

Instruments can be expensive to purchase we found, so don't forget to check online marketplaces for second hand instruments or even having an op shop adventure looking for one, you never know a friend or relative may even have one lying around.