Given the positive impacts of learning musical instruments on children’s development, we encourage parents to get started on this initiative sooner than later.
Musik4Kidz announced today the launch of its new blog for parents who wish to instill in their children the love of playing a musical instrument. The founder of this website aims to provide comprehensive guides on various areas, such as helping parents better understand the musical interests of their kids, or picking the musical instruments that will best match the child’s skills and preferences.
As you will find on the About Us Page of the website, the public’s interest in learning to play musical instruments has significantly dropped in the past few years. Musik4Kidz strongly believes that this trend should not continue because of the immense benefits that children could enjoy if they receive proper musical training.
“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” – Jules Combariue
To give you an idea of these positive effects, take a look at some of the major benefits that we have listed below:
[x] Learning how to play a musical instrument may boost your child’s academic skills.
As children gain mastery of the beats and rhythm, their ability to recognize patterns, divide numbers, and understand fractions will also be enhanced. Both the short-term and long-term memory will also be improved once they start practicing and memorizing a song. Children who receive proper training on musical instruments will also have a better grasp of some basic principles of physics, such as sound and vibrations.
[x] Playing a musical instrument is an opportunity to improve the eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills of children.
Many musical instruments–such as the piano, guitar, or violin–require using each hand at the same time, but for different actions. Reading musical notes while playing the instrument can also be challenging without good coordination skills. The enhanced ability to get the perfect timing will also be useful when they try other physically demanding activities, such as dancing or soccer.
[x] Children who spend time learning to play musical instruments tend to be more disciplined and patient.
Encouraging your child to take up this hobby will teach them the concept of delayed gratification. Learning how to play a musical instrument well takes several weeks of regular practice and proper goal management. This bears greater significance nowadays given that most children are growing up in an age where everything seems to be just a click away.
[x] Music lessons can widen your child’s exposure to other cultures.
Musik4Kidz recommends that parents allow their children to try out various musical instruments and listen to different music genres. Don’t limit your child to only the music that you know or like. Letting the child discover what they want to pursue will make it easier for them to stay committed to this endeavor and develop a deeper love for music throughout the years.
Aside from explaining the importance of learning how to play musical instruments, Musik4Kidz wants to highlight how critical it is to get things right from the start. Whether it is the best age to start the music lessons for your child or finding out the best metronome, the Blog and Resources pages of the Musik4Kidz contain information that you need to lay the foundation, and set the right direction for your child’s music education.
In addition to guides, Musik4Kidz also provides free sheet music that kids can use to learn how to play. Use the search function of the website to look for sheet music that will match the skill level and interests of your child.
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