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With so many options to choose from for extracurricular activities, why should you invest time in music education for your child?
And if you do choose to give your child music lessons or incorporate it in some other way, how much time should you spend to make it worthwhile?
Here are some benefits of including music education as your child is growing up, even if music doesn’t become your child’s primary pursuit:
Classical music and brain development
“Much like reading aloud to a child, calm classical compositions engage a child in a form of entertainment that’s low-stimulus and substantive” (Claire Fallon).
Classical music helps develop intricate listening skills in the brain, which is very malleable at a young age. According to research, the pathways in our brain used for listening to classical music also enhance spatial reasoning, both during and shortly after listening to the music.
There’s value in all types of music, but classical music in particular is very complex, which leads to a greater positive impact on the brain.
Understanding how music works
A fundamental knowledge of notes, rhythm, and melody is a wonderful starting point for your child to take a love of music as far as he wants to later in life. Some research shows that “musical training can improve reading ability” (source).
Playing an instrument
Participating in music is even more valuable than experiencing it secondhand. It engages each part of the brain, strengthening visual and auditory as well as motor skills. “And as with any other workout, disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions allowing us to apply that strength to other activities” (Jalena Vasilev).
Kids who start young with a basic understanding of music and possibly private lessons have a good foundation if they want to take their love of music to a professional level later in life.
Incorporating music without formal training
You can still help your child grow up to understand and appreciate the richness of music, even if formal training isn’t practical for you. Play classical music around the house. Take your child to free outdoor symphonies, music events at the library, or a music store where she can see a variety of instruments.
We hope you enjoy experiencing music together!
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