Research on the impact of music on children is vast, with one recent review by E Dumont showing that this popular hobby can have a positive influence on everything from language to motor, cognitive and social skills.
Music can give a child an outlet for their emotions, enabling them to communicate with others while exposing them to new challenges. If your child loves music or has a natural talent in this area, what steps can you take to encourage their abilities and interests?
- Ensuring Your Child Has the Right Instrument
Your child will usually take to an instrument that is readily available to them – be it a piano, drums, or a guitar. It is important to provide children with various instruments so they can try their hand at them prior to making a specialised choice. It is also important for children access instruments that are the right size for them. For instance, guitars for smaller hands should be facilitated to them if they choose this instrument, since adult-sized guitars can pose too big a challenge when it comes to playing more difficult chords. Guitars vary in size according to length and scale, so it is important to receive advice from a professional and to try out various guitars so your child is sure the one they choose is ergonomic.
2. Enjoying Music alongside Your Child
The more that music becomes a family affair, the more children are likely to feel motivated to keep playing. If you play an instrument yourself, playing duets with your child is a nice way to encourage them to learn to play particular pieces. If you aren’t musically inclined, you can still make your child feel accompanied by helping them choose songs to play, remaining in the room with them while they practise, and singing along to the tunes they master. You can also show enthusiasm for concerts and recitals, making sure these events are attended by people who are important to your child.
3. Musical Inspiration and Instruction
A good teacher is key when it comes to keeping your child motivated. Teachers help children not only hone the basics of playing an instrument, but also advance through levels at the appropriate pace. Teachers can also keep musical learning fun, enlightening children not only on the history of the pieces they are playing, but also on musical culture as a whole. Great teachers will ensure children become well-versed on aspects such as regional and national music, famed artists from past decades, and current and upcoming musicians moving and shaking the industry.
Music has an array of benefits for children ranging from the cognitive to the emotional. If your child already loves music, then foster their passion by ensuring they have the right tools to learn and progress. Finding the right instrument, choosing an inspirational teacher, and joining them on their musical journey will help your child see music as an ally and source of stress relief, in addition to a fun and crow-pleasing hobby.
Author: Brianna Hilton