They go way beyond playing the violin…
It’s a lovely thought that music lessons can put a child on the path to a career with a world famous orchestra – or at the very least establish an interest that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. But the advantages of music lessons can actually be far more immediate than that – in a variety of totally unexpected ways, according to an article on the Parents website.
The article, by Angela Kwan, lists – and argues the case for – six clear areas of benefit of learning to play the piano or the violin.
- Academic skills are improved
- Physical skills are honed
- Social interaction improvements are attained
- An improvement of patience and discipline result
- Self-esteem receives a boost
- Kids learn about cultures other than their own.
Music and maths
Ms. Kwan’s argument for the academic improvements in particular are quite compelling. She quotes Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA, saying
“Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child’s brain to help him better understand other areas of math.”
All in all, an interesting and somewhat surprising series of conclusions.
Learning to play an instrument can provide significant life enhancing skills improvements for children – many of them in ways that were entirely unforeseen by the parents.