Music is magic. It can be an inspiration, a teacher, a friend, a memory, a story, etc. It is something that can do lots of wonderful things to a person. Music, ever since the beginning, has been loved by almost everyone. For most of us, we expose our children to music at a very young age. We teach them nursery rhymes and some other songs that can be very helpful as they grow. They will eventually come to love it and hearing them sing and memorize those songs are really adorable. Some parents, however, will try to be more advanced and enroll their children to musical instruments classes which is actually fantastic. However, what could really be the advantage of this to children especially to their brain?
In an article by Emily Gersema, we will know the effect music training in the development of a child’s brain.
Children’s brains develop faster with music training
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.
The Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC began the five-year study in 2012 in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to examine the impact of music instruction on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. These initial study results, published recently in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, provide evidence of the benefits of music education at a time when many schools around the nation have either eliminated or reduced music and arts programs. The study shows music instruction speeds up the maturation of the auditory pathway in the brain and increases its efficiency. Read more here
Now, we have already proven that a child’s brain develop faster with music training. Therefore, it is really beneficial if we let our children join music classes, especially those which would teach them how to play musical instruments. One of the most common instruments that a child would want to learn, aside from the piano, guitar, and drums, is the violin. It is a stringed instrument that produces a very lovely sound. If we want to enroll our children for violin lessons, we must also know first what our child could get from it.
Celia Ang will explain to us further about the benefits of learning violin for children.
Benefits of Learning Violin for Children
Just by looking at a violinist, you see how many muscles are required even to draw a note. For a child to learn the violin, they will gain strength and flexibility in their upper body. Playing the violin requires more than just strength. Skills and muscle memory will develop naturally over time, further strengthening their arms and fingers. Honestly, it’s a win-win solution! Posture is another significant benefit of playing the violin. Any violin teacher will insist on teaching the correct playing posture to ensure the best results. This can lead to amazing benefits for the child, including a stronger back, shoulders and upper arms. Sitting or standing upright is a given for playing, while their arms and shoulders will bear the weight of the instrument and bow, making it excellent at developing posture. Read more here
It was good to know about all that! It was actually surprising that learning how to play the violin could actually do as much as that to a person. It is not just learning and being capable of playing. Instead, it is learning, being capable of playing, and having a healthier mind and body. It is easy for adults to get encouraged to learn how to play the violin after reading that article. What is a bit more challenging is to actually get the children to have these lessons. They may not be so interested because they might want to do other stuff which can make them enjoy more.
Austin will try to help us out through his article about how we could encourage children to play the violin.
How to Encourage Children to Play Violin
You may have dreams of your child learning to play the violin and becoming a musical star but your child may think very differently. Whilst most children love listening and dancing to music, learning to play an instrument does not appeal. First of all, they may feel that toys and other activities are more appealing or they may think that they do not have the ability to play an instrument. It is your job to encourage your child to take up lessons rather than force them too. We take a look at a few tips that may just help sway your child’s opinion. Read more here
In today’s generation where technology is greatly influencing and getting the attention of children, trying to encourage them to learn how to play a musical instrument could be difficult. One thing that parents should have is patience, because once the child starts to enjoy playing the instrument, it could already be easier from that part on. Forcing them would not be good because if we let them do things that they don’t really like, it would all be useful. Music has something good to do to our bodies and how going for violin lessons could be beneficial for children. If we have to learn together with our children in order to encourage them, then it’s a good thing. You too can be having all the benefits of playing the violin.