There is nothing that makes me more excited than a child who begins to play a musical instrument. I can't help but remember (and that I was very little and I don't remember very well) when I started with the violin and the piano. I admit that my journey with these instruments has had its lights and its shadows, because starting to practice sometimes was a bit uphill. However, knowing how beneficial it was going to be for me, my parents encouraged me to continue with it. And, based on a recent study, it seems they were right (as always): kids who study music get better grades in subjects like math, English, and science.
We already knew that studying music has many benefits for children, however, this new study reinforces our convictions. ‘A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement’ (Martin Guhn, Scott D. Emerson, and Peter Gouzouasis of the University of British Columbia) is a study published in the Journal of Educational Piscology and that explains how musical study favors improvement in some school subjects.
After analyzing the results of the children who started school between 2000 and 2003 in the Canadian province of British Columbia, they came to the conclusion that those who spent part of their time studying music scored better on math, science, and English tests in higher grades.
And what is even more surprising: ‘On average, children who learn to play an instrument over several years and now play in the high school band or orchestra (which shows their dedication to music) are in the equivalent of a higher academic year than their peers in terms of their English, math and science skills, as shown by their exams. '
Specifically, the experts who have carried out this research point out that playing in groups is the most beneficial: ‘Learning to play a musical instrument and playing in a group is very demanding. The student has to learn to read a sheet music, develop eye-hand-brain coordination, work on their listening skills, develop their ability to work in groups and encourage the discipline of practice. All these learnings play a very important role in stimulating the child's cognitive abilities and their self-efficacy. '
I always say that there is no sensation comparable to playing an instrument in a group, such as an orchestra. Therefore, despite the fact that playing an instrument requires a lot of effort and sacrifice (in addition to a lot of discipline), I am more than convinced that it is worth it.
While music classes may not be suitable for all children, here are more reasons why, at least, you take your children to experience a music class. From the perspective of a girl who has been to music classes since her earliest childhood, here are some extra reasons to bet on music education.
1. Music is posed as a game
Gone are those movie teachers who beat their students with their cane every time they go out of tune. Today there is a wide variety of music education methods that seek to present music as a real game to children. In this way, I can assure you that the little ones have a great time in the classes, which become a game room.
2. Stimulate children's creativity
I like to consider music classes as a meeting place where children's creativity and sensitivity are stimulated. Whether through the voice or an instrument, children learn a new language full of emotions that can take you wherever you want.
3. You learn a vocation
What if in music class your children discovered a vocation for life?
4. Effort ... and patience are encouraged!
Music education is, without a doubt, an allegation to the culture of effort. When something doesn't work out for you, you have to practice it over and over with patience until it comes out.
5. You learn to deal with adults you don't like.
I would love to say that all the music teachers I have had have been charming and life-changing. But, unfortunately, it has not been far from it (although some of them have). For this reason, in these classes the children also learn to deal with people who meet and who, for some reason, do not like them. And this ability is entirely advantageous for your future. Or have you always liked all the colleagues who have passed you by at the office?
6. It is an opportunity to make new friends
Experts say that children should have several groups of friends from different backgrounds. We count on that our little one already has friends from school and, when he goes to music class, he will also have music friends. And these friends are also friends with common interests, which will undoubtedly strengthen their friendship.
Despite all the benefits that studying music can have for children, we should not force them to go to class if they do not want to. The moment it stops being a joy and becomes an obligation, there is no room for enjoyment.
And with that said ... long live the music!
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