More than Just Music: The Benefits of Learning an Instrument

Summer will be here soon, and it could be a great time for your child to start taking music lessons. There are numerous benefits that come along with learning to play an instrument, but did you know that it goes beyond reading music and finding the rhythm? There are also cognitive, social, and physical skills that children acquire as they practice their instrument.

  1. Further Develop Fine Motor Skills
    We don’t often think of music as physical, but playing an instrument requires coordinated movements, proper breathing, and endurance. For example, percussion instruments require specific movements of the hands, arms and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids who focus and learn via movement. String and keyboard instruments require the right and left hand to perform different movements simultaneously, which helps develop ambidexterity, and enhances coordination and timing. Further development in these physical skills can help your child in other activities including dance and athletics.
  2. Encourages Discipline and Patience
    It takes time to figure out how to make music with an instrument. The first few weeks and months can be filled with plenty of wrong notes, weird sounds and long pauses. When a young musician perseveres through the initial struggle, they will be excited when they see progress in their music. Moreover, they’ll learn quickly that practicing and putting effort into their music will also help them to see results.
  3. Boosts Brain Connectivity
    Numerous studies have detailed the benefits that playing music has on cognitive development. For example, scientists have found that in musicians’ brains the two hemispheres of the brain work together more effectively. This means that the creative right side of the brain is more connected to the left side of the brain responsible for logic, language and more. Harnessing the power of both their creative and logical sides, can help children to become better thinkers and problem solvers.

Check out the infographic below for more great benefits of music education. For more information on instrument and voice lessons at Dance Pointe, please visit our website.

the benefits of music lessons for kids infographic
Thanks to http://www.musiciansbyte.com/ for this graphic.

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Author: dancepointepa

Dance Pointe Performing Arts Center's teachers have been affiliated with local dance companies, theater arts and music programs for over 20 years, with university training, certifications through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and professional theater and music performance experience. Our Dance Drama and Music School has given to students of local communities to include Selden, Coram, Farmingville, Medford, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Miller Place and many more, an unsurpassed learning and nuturing training experience for Preschool through Adult students in ballet, acro, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pointe as well as the professionalism and knowledge as artists, choreographers, directors and teachers for over 15 years, with continued education and training in all dance typess. Expanding to provide a broad spectrum of the performing arts experience to students in theater and music training.

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