As adults, if we are not musically inclined, we always pine away at the thought of learning how to play an instrument and make music at the drop of a hat. I have tried to learn a few instruments myself and have failed at all. I either didn’t have the patience or an instructor to guide me. But I still dream of being able to sit down at a piano and pound away on the keys like Jerry Lee Lewis.
Often, instructors will say that it is easier to learn an instrument as a child than an adult. I’m not sure if that is true or not, but it does bring about other advantages as well. If a child can make quality music lessons, the benefits do not end at just learning how to play an instrument (although that in itself is pretty cool).
The abilities they are learning and displaying spread out to other areas of their life. It can improve their learning of different subject areas and topics.
A Better Memory
Learning music takes quite a bit of memorization. It constantly tests a person’s recall from the notes to where to place your fingers for the keys. For students, this means they are broadening their overall memory center of the brain. Auditory, visual, and memory tests have shown that musicians can often outperform non-musicians when recalling.
Isn’t it strange that you can’t remember the first ten US presidents anymore, but you can still remember the words to the song you loved when you were ten years old? Music can assist students in remembering facts. If a person is creative enough, they can place any information they have to remember into a simple tune and still remember it years from now. Have trouble remembering your username and passwords for all of those streaming services? Make a song out of it. You won’t forget again.
When a student has difficulty remembering information from various subject topics, such as historical facts, ask them to make a song of the data. They will be able to recite the material word for word.
Improve Hand-Eye Coordination
Fine motor skills are not easy to come by for many. Being good with your hands can be challenging for adults, let alone children. However, playing an instrument will improve hand-eye coordination as the person will often have to place their fingers in unusual positions at first. Still, eventually, they will get better and better.
Working in small groups is often not a strength for many students in school. It takes being able to handle different personalities and promoting strengths while limiting weaknesses. If students play an instrument with a whole school band, they will learn how to collaborate with others much more smoothly as they all strive to reach the end goal.
Figuring Things Out on the Fly
In life, we are constantly trying to learn solutions to problems that arise out of nowhere. It takes some fast thinking, but most of us can manage at least to some degree. Learning music will certainly help students learn on the fly. Critical thinking skills are needed, whether searching for a note or trying to create a tune from nothing.
Learn an Instrument Today
While music lessons are often available in most schools, the student is constantly learning with a group or just having a one-on-one class here and there. But it takes dedication and time to learn an instrument thoroughly. Here at iAchieve, we offer music lessons for students of all ages and for essentially any instrument you can think of. Whether in-person or learn virtually online, let us guide you or your children through our lessons.