why music rocks

WHY MUSIC EDUCATION ROCKS!
Do you have a budding pianist? A drummer
wannabe? A future flutist? Playing a musical
instrument is very beneficial to children. So, why
should yours learn to play?
They say that music is the universal language.
Regardless of where you are from or what your
background, a good melody is something that
everyone can enjoy and understand. There must
be something behind that, right?
For children, music provides many, many
benefits. Experts agree, there are lots of good
things about letting your child learn to play an
instrument. Here are 10 reasons why your child
should put down the remote and pick up a
musical instrument.
1. IT WILL BOOST THEIR BRAIN POWER
Want to give your child a mental advantage?
Music can do that. “More and more studies show
a correlation between higher academic
achievement with children who are exposed to
music,” says children’s music specialist Meredith
LeVande of MonkeyMonkeyMusic.com. “Music
simply stimulates parts of the brain that are
related to reading, math, and emotional
development.”
2. IT WILL IMPROVE THEIR MEMORY
Where did that shoe go? That’s a question asked
far too many times in far too many households
with kids. Help your kids remember more (and
learn more!) with music. “Further research has
shown that participation in music at an early age
can help improve a child’s learning ability and
memory by stimulating different patterns of brain
development,” says Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a
conductor, composer and musical director for
the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
3. IT HELPS THEM SOCIALLY
Picking up an instrument can also help your child
break out of their social shell too, experts say.
“Socially, children who become involved in a
musical group or ensemble learn important life
skills, such as how to relate to others, how to
work as a team and appreciate the rewards that
come from working together, and the
development of leadership skills and discipline,”
says Marturet, who also oversees the MISO
Young Artist program in South Florida, which
allows young musicians to hone their musical
skills as part of a professional orchestra.
4. IT’S A CONFIDENCE BUILDER
Are there any areas of life that aren’t enhanced by
having good confidence? Probably not. And if
you want your child to develop their confidence,
learning to play a musical instrument can help.
“They find that they can develop a skill by
themselves, that they can get better and better,”
says Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen, a music
teacher and performer.
5. IT TEACHES PATIENCE
We live in a world of instant gratification, but real
life demands having patience. When you are
playing in a band or orchestra (and most
musicians do), you have to be willing to wait
your turn to play otherwise the sound is a mess.
That inadvertently teaches patience. “You need to
work together in a group to make music,” says
Dotson-Westphalen.