Here are the benefits of signing your child up for music lessons, told from the perspective of someone who was in music lessons as a child (me). I will tell you the first-hand experiences and outcomes I felt because of learning the flute when I was little.
1. Music is a Toy Away From Screens
When I was little in the early 2000’s, screen time wasn’t as big of a problem as it is now. Granted, I did spend hours playing Zoo Tycoon on my dad’s Window XP. Nowadays (when it doesn’t take 30 minutes to get a computer game going) it can be hard to interest your kind in an activity that doesn’t involve a screen.
From my experience, I saw playing the flute as a fun activity to do in my free time. I was an only child and had to entertain myself a lot. The flute was so fun for me that I was never really forced to practice. It was something I picked up on my own and did for hours on my own.
2. Music is a Way for Your Child to Express Themselves
Being a kid, it’s super hard to express your feelings in words. Music gives kids another way to express how they feel through an activity.
I remember finding a flute blog on blogspot.com that was literally just notes to pop songs on the radio. I remember distinctly playing along to Katy Perry’s “Firework” from that website and that was how I expressed myself in middle school.
3. Self Confidence
As I got older, I felt a lack of self confidence in a lot of things, but never felt a lack of confidence in music. It was the one thing I knew I was really good at.
I wasn’t naturally good, but I had spent so many year playing that I had made myself a good musician through straight up hard work. Not only had that given me confidence, but also taught me the potential I had to be good at something if I worked at it hard enough.
4. A Love for Learning
To this day, my favorite thing about playing music is the process of learning a piece. I love setting a goal to learn a song and the process it takes to get there. To this day even outside of music I love learning and the process of achieving a goal. I attribute a large part of that to my experience learning music as a kid.
Some Final Thoughts on Music Lessons for Children
Sure, there are many articles out there about how the brain lights up when it plays music and so on and so forth. But what learning music as a child really did for me are the four things I outlined above. Moreover, those four things carried with me into adulthood. I would recommend signing your kid up for music because of all the good it does, not just for your child’s brain, but for the experience it gives your child.