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6 Advantages That Playing a Musical Instrument Provides

 Most children are naturally drawn to musical instruments because by thrumming a guitar string or tapping the piano keys they can produce great sounds without even trying. If you notice that your child likes to move to different melodies, they're probably attuned to music and will also enjoy making it themselves. Children who learn to play musical instruments gain a great hobby and also enjoy a number of important mental benefits that will help them become more successful people, so learn the six benefits children gain by playing a musical instrument.

 
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1. Improves academic success rates

More and more research shows that there is a close connection between practicing playing a musical instrument and academic success, and the reason is that learning to play a musical instrument improves cognitive thinking. A child who plays a musical instrument stimulates the parts of their brain that are connected to school and academic studies, and this is also a great way to improve memory, which will help them pass tests with high-scores.

2. Encourages social connections

If your child learns to play a musical instrument in a class, they will probably do so with several other children, and in the case where they learn to play classical instruments, they might even work with an entire orchestra. Even if your child chooses to play the drums or an electric guitar, for example, there is a great chance that they will have the urge to put together a band and find other friends to join it. Once this happens, the child learns to work in a team and sometimes to function as a leader, and develops social connections that would not have been created had it not been for the musical instrument.child playing an instrument

3. Increases self-confidence

Self-confidence is one of the most important things for success in life because if we don’t trust that we have the ability to succeed, we will never act to conquer the goals we wish to achieve. Learning to play musical instruments helps the child cope in an enjoyable way with feelings of frustration. Once they see that they get better at playing every day, they will understand that frustration is part of the process and it will help them maintain confidence even in the difficult moments of the journey to realizing their dream.

 

4. Teaches discipline and patience

It is no secret that today's children are much less patient than the children of yesteryear, and part of the reason is that today many things are immediately accessible. Therefore today's children grow up with the thought that there is no need to put too much effort into accomplishing things, which can adversely affect their lives and their ability to succeed later on. Learning to work with instruments is, therefore, an excellent remedy for this modern disease, as it helps the child get used to being patient until they become better. Moreover, when playing in an orchestra or in a band with other children, the child must wait for their turn to play.

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5. Improves respiratory system function

This advantage is unique to children who learn to play wind instruments because they have to take deep breaths and learn how to exhale in a certain way that will produce the desired sound. Such training is a breathing exercise that helps children strengthen and improve the functioning of their lungs and the muscles that control breathing, and is therefore highly recommended for children with chronic respiratory illnesses.

6. Reduces stress

Our children also experience moments of crisis and stress like us adults, and just as music can calm us, it can also do the same for them. However, creating music is an even better way of relaxing than just listening to it, since the child takes an active part in reducing his or her own stress at the moment they are playing, and in most cases, children who learn to play soon understand that it is a great way to distract them from their worries and to "disconnect" from everything that’s bothering them.
 
These benefits are enough to understand that learning how to play an instrument isn’t just a nice and simple hobby that you can provide your child, but a way of self-improvement leading to a much healthier and successful life. If your older children played in the past, there is no doubt that you can see the results of this hobby in their adult lives.

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