Learning to play a musical instrument is a fantastic pastime for children because it has so many benefits. It can help build confidence and potentially even widen their social circle. Many private secondary schools believe that education is more than just the classroom and exam results; it’s also the extra-curricular life. With that said, here’s why you should encourage your child to learn an instrument.

First and foremost, if your child learns an instrument they will have an outlet and a way to wind down, relax and have fun on evenings and weekends. This is particularly true as they progress and it becomes more natural to them. Music keeps us calm and research has actually shown that it reduces heart rate and blood pressure, so it really is a great way to chill out after school. Secondary to that, playing an instrument will help with other skills such as patience, dedication, reasoning and even time management. What’s more, it may even help them improve their memory.

The ability read music is largely about recognising patterns and each note is divided into equal measures and beats. This mathematical element to learning an instrument is another reason why it’s such a great option for your child. In addition to that, reading the notes will help your child with their ability to process information and encourages them to concentrate.

Playing an instrument will give your child a sense of achievement when they successfully recite a piece of music. Success allows children to be proud of themselves, which leads to increased confidence. As a result, they start to become more comfortable when expressing themselves and playing in front of an audience. This level of confidence and comfort in front of a crowd is a transferable skill that can be used throughout your child’s education and even in their career.

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