The Incredible Influence of Learning Music, on Kids

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“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Plato

When we listen to music, what we hear is a coordinated symphony of sounds; not the individual moving parts. Imagine taking kids to that magical place where these parts are at work, and where individual sounds come together to form a melody.

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Learning music has real and concrete benefits for children.


They learn to excel, with discipline and persistence.

Studying music and learning a musical instrument takes patience. Imagine spending countless hours trying to hold notes on the guitar or getting the drum rolls right. It can be tedious and frustrating. But by encouraging kids to stay persistent and disciplined about their practice, music teachers can show kids how these two virtues pay off in the long run.

Tomorrow, when life throws a curveball at them, they can look back at these lessons and face challenges with confidence.


It makes them think creatively.

Once kids begin learning a musical instrument, they start paying attention to different sounds and how they come together as a tune. That’s when the process of creation starts. They start stringing notes together to create their own tunes; which essentially opens up a door that they didn’t think existed.

Engaging in a creative pursuit from a young age will help children look at things around them differently. They would be more perceptive and inventive in any activity they take up.


They learn to work as a team.

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As students of music, seldom do kids play solo. They are typically made a part of a group and asked to perform together. This puts kids in a situation where they are required to work together, even in case of a difference of opinion among themselves (over which dessert to eat after practice?).

That is the world of the grown-ups right there. We work almost exclusively in groups; whether it’s at home with family or at office with colleagues. In that context, learning to work as a team is one of the greatest assets a child can develop at a young age, and music provides that.


They become well-rounded individuals.

An immediate benefit is that they get sharper at academics (in a variety of subjects). That studying music helps kids perform better at math has even been supported by research. And, outside of the classroom, they become more socially tuned and develop a high self-esteem.

Music also helps them develop coordination and stamina, among other things. A drummer playing a beat and a singer playing the guitar while singing rely on highly coordinated movements to play successfully. By learning to play a musical instrument, kids develop this kind of physical ability, which keeps their minds sharp and bodies skilled.


They have a new way to express themselves.

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But there’s yet another skill that kids learn — the ability to express themselves. With music, kids find a voice, whether in the music of others or in the music they create themselves. This kind of power helps kids gain a wider perspective on love, loss, truth, and happiness, and that is something worth giving to a child.


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