Benefits To Learning An Instrument
You’ve been contemplating… hmmm, should I get my kids into playing an instrument? Will they like it? Is it good for them? yes! it has to be you think to yourself! What are the actual benefit of learning an instrument? Maybe I should learn right along with my kid (it would be good bonding time!) Now, there’s a ton of choices, which instrument will they want to play? (even more importantly, which instrument will I want to listen to over and over again?!)
The Science Behind It
Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids. Time Magazine
Not only does it help with Academics but it’s a great stress reliever, it improves your memory, concentration, and helps out with coordination, time management, responsibility, discipline… and overall life lessons! (Time to sign my kids up, who’s with me?!)
There has been research on this topic and needless to say, the only way to reap the benefits of learning an instrument is for the person to fully immerse themselves into enjoying and learning the sounds. Take for instants, a child being forced to play an instrument and doesn’t fully enjoy the process of it. This child is half heartedly listening to the distinction of sound and reading notes and in doing so they are not getting much of the benefits opposed to a child loving to make music and is eager to pick up the instrument and get started. So if you’re wondering how to get your child enthused to playing an instrument, here’s what you can do… Play instrumental music frequently when you’re sitting around at home (from acoustics to the piano). You can take them to concerts. Also, you can watch instrumental videos that capture their interest, like the video I added below…
Awesome Damien Escobar
Below I have added a video of an urban violinist, he’s amazing and inspirational to all who want to learn an instrument yet haven’t tried… I tell you what… he makes me want to pick up a violin and get to work! Please enjoy the 4 minute video from the awesome ‘Damien Escobar.’ (show your kids if you’d like… Instruments can be fun and I think Damien portrays that very well). He has more videos on Utube including a Prince tribute ‘Purple Rain’ (you know I’m from MN, so I have to represent one of the great Minnesotans!)
Check out Damien Escobar’s FaceBook Page if you’d like, click here!
I hope you all have a great day readers, branch off from the usual and continue to be open to all types of music!
Photo by: thequotepedia