Learning an instrument at a young age is common. From private lessons to learning ‘Hot Crust Buns’ on a school-provided recorder, most people learned how to play at least simple, elementary songs in their early days s. Going beyond and continuing to learn an instrument, however, can be fundamental in helping children grow. While there are many reasons to promote music for children, here are five reasons why learning an instrument as a child can be beneficial to them in the long term.
One of the largest components of learning an instrument is memorization. Memorizing where notes are on the staff and how to play those notes on various instruments is important to playing, practicing, and improving. By learning these concepts at a young age, children naturally apply them to other subjects, such as multiplication tables or vocabulary.
Playing in a band or orchestra requires teamwork. Musicians must work alongside the conductor to make sure they play at the right tempo and volume to keep in time with their peers. Students are encouraged to work together so they can perform at their highest quality. This is applicable to other aspects of their school careers.
Every student is responsible for practicing and maintaining their own instrument. Whether that means cleaning and general maintenance, such as keeping up with reeds that need to be replaced or oiling their valves, or practice of an upcoming piece, being responsible for their own instrument promotes self-responsibility rather than relying on others for assistance.
Learning an instrument can greatly improve a child’s listening and concentration skills. They need to listen to instructions from their teachers or conductors, listen to make sure they are in tune with the rest of the band, and listen to rhythms and tempos. All of that takes a great deal of concentration, which helps with instrumental skills in both music and life.
Culture and History exposure
Perhaps most importantly, learning to play an instrument exposes children to a variety of different cultures and historical periods. Becoming aware of these walks of life encourages students to learn more about where the music they are playing comes from, or what was happening historically when the piece was written. Music, overall, is a wordless language; something that can be appreciated no matter where it’s from. By having different backgrounds students can express themselves more freely and without restraint.