The joy and satisfaction that comes from learning to play an instrument is its own reward, but music education has an even larger role to play in a child’s personal development. Whether your child is a toddler entering a private preschool for the first time or an elementary school student who is just beginning to learn about the wide world, music can be one of the most rewarding aspects of anyone’s education. The benefits of learning an instrument include:
- Motor Dexterity
Playing a musical instrument requires children to stretch and develop their finger muscles. It also requires them to hone their motor skills, since playing most instruments involves rapid-fire finger motions, arm motions, and breathing patterns. Not only will this help children build strength in their fingers and arms, but it also contributes to eye-hand coordination.
- Stronger Verbal and Reading Abilities
The link between these reading abilities and musical prowess lies in the complexity of the human mind. According to a 2008 study by Harvard University, children who train with a musical instrument for a minimum of three years demonstrate stronger verbal ability and improved visual pattern completion skills.Stanford University found that studying music helps the brain to process sounds, which improves language abilities and helps children who have dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
- Independence and Self-Motivation
Learning to play a musical instrument well takes time, practice, and patience. What makes music a particularly apt vehicle for instilling those skills is that it provides vivid positive reinforcement along the way. As children play and improve, the fruits of their improvement will be there for them, their peers, their instructors, and their parents to see.
At Starwood Montessori in Frisco, Texas, we believe that every child deserves the chance to learn and grow in an encouraging, dynamic environment. Our private preschool and elementary school programs are designed to give each of our students that opportunity. For more information about Montessori and how it can help your child, contact us today at (972) 712-8080.