While being diligent to cover the basics in our children’s home education, we must not neglect the arts, such as music, for example. Music is not just a fun, extracurricular activity. Many studies have been done on the effects of music to the brain, which indicate that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, perform better in school than those without musical exposure or training. Recent research also suggests that exposure to music can benefit a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument as well, because it helps the mind remain alert and active, eventually helping to improve memory.
Albert Einstein is remembered as one of the smartest people who ever lived, but, it is a not well known that he did extremely poor in school when he was young. His teachers told his parents to remove him from school because he was “too stupid to learn”, and that it would be a waste of time for him to continue in school. The school advised his parents to get him an easy, manual labor job, but, instead of following the school’s suggestion, his parents bought him a violin. Albert developed his musical ability on the violin, and music was the key that helped him to become one of the smartest men who ever lived.
A research team studying the link between music and intelligence reported that music training is more important than computer instruction in enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for learning math and science.
Musicians constantly adjust decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling, which all help train the brain to become adept at organizing and conducting a number of activities simultaneously. These abilities help develop lifelong skills, such as attention, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.
Learning to play an instrument is like learning a foreign language and it can be a challenge at times. One of the qualities musicians must possess is discipline. It requires discipline to master playing an instrument, and much practice is required.
In addition to all the proven benefits of a musical education, it is worth the time and money to learn an instrument just for the fun of it. We all need a way to find more joy in life, and music is a skill that can build a child’s self esteem, release stress and channel a child’s energy in a positive direction.
For persons considering music lessons in my local area, I recommend Vision Music in Munford, Tennessee. I am including a link for more information.