Teaching children how to play a musical instrument is not only a form of fun and relaxation, but it is also a source of benefits for his/her emotional & brain development. If your little one seems to be talented or shows interest for a particular instrument, do not hesitate to enrol him/her in musical courses.
At what age can children study musical instruments?
Children learn new skills and abilities every day and strive to implement them in their regular activities. Musical classes are valid for all ages, especially for children from 5 years old. In addition, you have to let the child explore and try to play more instruments until s/he discovers which one is better for him/her.
Suitable music instruments according to age
For children under 5, the most appropriate instrument to study is the whistle. It does not involve too much effort, just changing the position of the fingers to produce notes and, implicitly, different sounds. Once the child reaches the age of 5, s/he can start studying other similar instruments like the clarinet or pan flute. Similarly, as the child grows up s/he can begin to study more complex instruments like the violin, guitar or keyboard instruments (piano, organ, etc.), trumpet or trombone.
What are the benefits of studying a musical instrument for children?
Studying a music instrument brings a number of benefits in child’s development. Specialists have discovered that music lessons can determine the sensitivity of the brain to certain sounds and can help the child improve their language & communication skills.
Moreover, numerous studies showed that listening to music or playing a musical instrument stimulates the brain and improves memory capacity. A research done on a sample of preschoolers has shown that young people who were taking music lessons had 35% better spatial-temporal skills than children who did not play any instrument.
Other research has found that a child’s or adult’s IQ can grow up to 7 points by simply studying a musical instrument (even for recreational purposes).
The influence of playing a musical instrument is also reflected in the academic performances. According to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music, children attending music lessons on a regular basis achieve higher learning performance compared to non-musical school children. Students who learn to play a musical instrument are more passionate about reading, learn new information much easier and process it more efficiently.
Last, but not least, music classes support self-expression and relieve stress.
Studying a musical instrument is an activity that induces a relaxed and calm state, healing negative emotions. That is why singing or playing a musical instrument is used as a therapy treatment for autism, depression and other mental disorders.
Additional benefits are:
- Discipline & Patience
- A better understanding of cultural & musical history
- Improved social skills
Whether your child displays a natural gift for music or not, it is recommendable to teach him/her how to play an instrument even if it is only for pure relaxation. It does not mean you should ignore or stop fostering his/her other passions or hobbies, but rather plan a combination of healthy activities that only aim to support a proper development.