5 Reasons Schools Need to Promote Learning Musical Instruments More
When the school budget gets into the red every now and then, districts always discuss cutting the school’s funds for music as one of their first solutions. It happens in real life and in the film quite often (think Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James).
Instead, every year there should be an emphasis placed on signing up as many students as possible for music because there are multiple benefits that go along with learning a musical instrument or even joining the choir.
Have you ever tried to learn a musical instrument? Even if it comes halfway easy, it is still a tremendous struggle at first and takes serious time. In today’s society, where children and adults seem to have shrinking attention spans with our phones always in hand in case there is a dull moment, music teaches patience.
For example, I have tried to learn three different instruments for months and months at a time. Unfortunately, my musical skills when it comes to playing the guitar, trumpet, and harmonica are about on par with my cooking skills. Both are nonexistent.
Improves Social Skills
There are plenty of students who have problems making friends but still have immense love for music. When these students are around other kids who have a similar liking for music, it opens up a whole new social world. Students who feared going through school without making a friend can now form positive relationships with others. This is a life-changing event for them and should be viewed this way.
An Outlet for Creativity
Every child needs a chance to express their creativity. For some, this may be with their writing. For others, it could be through how they approach and play sports. Music allows for students to display their creative skills through their voice or through their musical instrument of choice.
The amount of coordination a person needs to play an instrument is not valued enough. Wouldn’t it be great if more people focused on the hand-eye coordination it takes to play any musical instrument? Then packing into gymnasiums and playing fields to witness the latest athletic events for the sports teams.
Uses Both Sides of the Brain
The scientific theory is that the left side of the brain is supposed to control reasoning, language, and analytical thinking. The right side of the brain is said to be used more during creativity. However, music puts both sides of the brain to use as monitoring the tempo and lyrics could be viewed as being left-side dominant, and music overall is more right-side dominant.
Let Us Help
It is never too early or late to learn how to play. Here at iAchieve, we have tremendous music tutors that can assist anyone in learning virtually any musical instrument they may consider. This can be accomplished remotely or in person. And while your current school may offer music lessons already, iAchieve can provide the essential one-on-one help that can take someone to the next level.