When I was about eight years old, an uncle gave me his old folklore, when a schoolboy started giving lessons after class. Thus began a lifelong love affair with music making.
I argue that every parent should consider investing in music lessons for their offspring. Learning to play an instrument does not give children only the opportunity to engage in an artistic pursuit and pursue a hobby they can enjoy alone or with others; A growing body of academic literature suggests that it can make them even smarter.
I can at least see the fun part. During lockdown, the interchange of digital files with people in my rock band made me smarter and productive, albeit with the energy and ability to make noise together in the rehearsal room with no rehearsal. Taking an instrument and participating in online lessons can offer an escape for children who are struggling with the social isolation imposed by the epidemic and the destruction of daily routines.
In addition, music is a chance to learn a universal language: in 2002, a pair of battered acoustic guitars, the Eagles song “Hotel California” and a swag of locals made some prohibitions for a memorable evening in the Brazilian rainforest – Reducing drinks. One who did not speak English, but knew all the words. (I did not try the guitar solo.)
Therefore I am in favor of giving children the opportunity to swing, kill or fly with some music. A guitar is a great option, to get youngsters started on tight instruments. This is enough for small hands to hold, and so cheap that your buyer’s remorse is not too painful if it collects dust in the cupboard. Even if your child is ready to begin their inner slash, pricier electric Les Paul versions are still available.
Technology has also made piano and drums – the two main instruments children are most likely to respond to – much more accessible than in the past. Unlike the huge wooden furniture models of yesteryear, today’s digital keyboards are cheap and portable, plentiful on the second-hand market, and it’s pretty close to the real thing for you whether Junior has the chops to become the next Elton John.
Electronic drumkits are also much cheaper today. A set plus headphones makes it possible for a budding Keith Moon to practice his paradeals and put his Karen Carpenter or Phil Collins to bed once the kids are on their way to help the rest of the house without any trouble. Give
In terms of how to learn, one-on-one lessons are by far the best way to progress, and you are probably helping a musician to teach their child to pay them rent and bills. But YouTube offers a wealth of instruction videos for all types of devices and levels if tuition is too expensive for your budget.
Now for developmental benefits. A five-year study conducted by the University of Southern California, published in 2016, found learning to play music in the brain areas from the age of six to seven years related to reading skills, speech perception and language development. Exposure to music instruction, the study argued, produced a physiological change in the brain, known as its neuroplasty.
Those results have been published in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, in which researchers have tested 40–13 Chilean children aged 13–13 years old. Half were musicians, defined as having at least two years of specialist music tuition, practicing at least two hours per week and regularly playing with other musicians. The other 20 had no additional music instruction that their schools taught as part of their regular curriculum.
Children were paired with a machine that measured brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow, showing an abstract figure and playing a melody, each lasting four seconds. They were asked to focus on one or both of the pair of stimuli, then to recall both. While response times were similar between the two sets, the musicians “did significantly better” on the memory test. According to the study, it may have life-changing implications:
Greater cognitive flexibility is associated with favorable outcomes across the lifespan, such as higher flexibility, better reading ability in childhood, higher creativity, and better quality of life.
So there you have it. Get your children to learn a musical instrument and they will have a better quality of life. I will leave the last word on the subject of Leon Cosell, one of the neuroscientists who wrote the Chilean Studies and who is also a violinist:
I think parents should enroll their children not only because they hope that it will help them to boost their cognitive functions, but also because it is an activity that, even when it is very demanding, Will provide happiness
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