Every parent wants the best for their child. The best includes material, mental, and physical well-being. The most important stage in an individual’s life is their growing up years. It is the time when the brain is still developing and forming memories that will have an impact on how a child views the world and sees himself or herself. We all have seen how babies light up and how toddlers move when listening to music. Music stimulates the mind and benefits your kids in many ways than one. There are 7 reasons why music is good for children.
1. Social Skills
Children grow up being accustomed to their surroundings and are bonded to their parents and siblings they see daily. However, some children may have difficulty developing socially outside of their homes. The best way to help children adapt and develop socially is to have them learn to play a musical instrument with a group or to join a singing group. This allows them opportunities to relate to people. It also teaches them teamwork, leadership skills, and experience working toward a reward such as successfully learning a music piece.
2. Better Memory
A study by researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong found that children who had musical training displayed better verbal memory than their peers. Memorizing music pieces was associated with improvements in non-musical memory. The enhancement of memory in young adults via music training was further validated by researchers at York University.
According to scientist Takao Fujioka from the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, musically trained children showed greater improvement on memory tests throughout the course of a year than their non-musically trained peers. The reason? Music playing “requires the brain to solve the problems of how to allocate attention and memory toward complex tasks.”
3. Builds Confidence
If you notice your child having problems with self-confidence, it may be a good idea to get them to pick up a skill such as playing a musical instrument. Not only does it help your child to develop socially, but being able to learn a skill like playing music helps to relax the mind and also builds confidence. When your child successfully learns a musical instrument, he or she learns to become more confident in their abilities in the skill they acquire.
4. Teaches Patience
Watching a band play you can see how each band member has to compliment or to wait for the other to complete their section of the music. You may have seen choral band members usually have to wait for the signal from the person in charge before they play. If they were to rush or be impatient, there would be no harmony in the song they are playing. By learning to coordinate and play with others to create harmonious sounds, your child will learn the virtues of patience and its effect on others in a group.
5. Develops Self-Awareness
When you learn a musical instrument, you are constantly doing self-assessment - from tuning, listening to how you are playing. Being attentive to the groove and harmony, you become self-aware. Much of school is focused on academic grades while music fosters self-motivation. The precision of your fingers, eye, and hand coordination with attention is a feedback loop that requires you to adjust your own performance. This requires constant self-surveillance.
6. Academic Success
A study by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada found that elementary school students focused on the arts program scored significantly higher on mathematical tests than did students in a control test. It is not surprising then that studies have shown students in music programs scored higher in English and math than those who had no music training at all. High schoolers with musical training did better than their non-musical peers on the SAT. As a group, they had the highest acceptance rate into medical school.
7. Instills Discipline
In order to be able to perform well on a musical instrument, it takes not only time but discipline. Even to become a good singer requires discipline. When your child picks up music training, it teaches them the importance of following through the lessons. It also shows them that being disciplined with time and putting in effort helps them get better and this will help them in their pursuit of other goals when they grow up.
Getting Your Child Started on Music Learning
Keen to have your child benefit from music? Ritmo Music Studio’s regular Acoustic Music Jam Camp is back again. It is a 3-day workshop and your child will learn:
Basic strumming and chords on the Ukulele (7-10 yrs old)/ Guitar (11 and above),
Simple melody and chords on the Keyboard,
Rhythms on the Cajon,
Other percussion instruments such as the Shaker & Tambourine
Experience Jamming with their peers in a band!
Video recording of the song/s (Dress up for the performance!)
The details are as follow:
Date: 23-25 Nov, OR 28-30 Dec 2020
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: Ritmo Music Studio (Nearest MR: Chinatown)
Early Bird Rate: Now $299 (Usual Price: $350)
If you are bringing a friend along, enjoy a special rate at $250 each.
Early Bird Cut-Off Date: 08 November 2020
Get in touch with us via WhatsApp at +65 88089763 or you can also sign up via Eventbrite.