If you were to choose between playing mobile games or playing a musical instrument, what do you think would be best for your child?

Your answer would likely be playing a musical instrument, because you know that it can benefit children in many ways. Piano and guitar are some of the most common instruments used by musicians. Just by these two instruments, your child has the ability to learn through a lot of melodies and notes. Outlined below are some important reasons why you should let your child learn how to play the piano and guitar instruments.

These instruments help children improve academically.

Learning and understanding a rhythm, the patterns and the counting applied in a particular song exercises the brain and improves function. This can be especially helpful in dealing with mathematics and problem solving.

When a child begins to memorize and recite songs, lyrics and chords, he or she will start to develop a stronger memory. This can lead to the overall development of long term memory function.

The action of plucking a guitar or pressing the keys of a piano, can allow children to understand a certain phenomenon, the production of music. Which in turn, develops their analytical skills and interest in Physics.

These instruments develop a child’s physical capabilities.

Playing a guitar or piano can help improve motor skills and coordination. Playing these instruments requires a great deal of focus and attention. They not only need the use of both their hands and fingers, but the eyes and mind as well.

To be able to develop equal function and coordination in both of your hands is a beneficial physical ability to have.

These additional physical skills gained from learning these instruments can assist with other hobbies such as sports and other recreational activities.

These instruments encourage children to be socially involved.

Piano and guitar lessons can consisted of a class or group of students that your child will be interacting with along with an instructor.

Part of the class dynamic will be observing classmates and participating in activities. There are recitals through out the year where the children will work together and preform solo.

Interacting with classmates can provide a sense of belonging and ability to adapt to different environments outside of these classes.

Not only that, it teaches children how to be friendly, understanding and accepting. Along with feeling a sense of belonging and acceptance from others.

These instruments nurture a child’s inner gifts.

What do we mean by inner gifts? Simply said, “inner gifts” are the talents and skills that we possess. Yes, by playing a piano, guitar and other instruments, children are open to discovering what inner gifts they have.

Giving music lessons a try could help unleash a hidden talent. Who knows it may also lead to a career in the music industry. Or maybe, discovering a passion in teaching people about music.

Giving a child the chance to discover their passion for playing music can open them up to a whole new appreciation towards life.

These instruments train children to be patient and disciplined.

The ability to learn how to play an instrument, requires consistent determination, effort and practice. But not only that, they will develop a sense of patience and discipline.

In order to become a pro at using an instrument you must first learn the basics and foundation. Where to place your hands or fingers, how to properly coordinate different body parts, and how to focus. In the long run a level of disciple is developed and you are able to excel.

Learning how to properly play a musical instrument will take days or months and even years, and this is how your child can learn perseverance and patience. The pay off in the end makes the process worth it.

These instruments promote cultural awareness.

Learning how to play a musical instrument provides the ability to understand how these musical instruments impact other humans way of living.

Children will be able to witness how music from these musical instruments shaped the culture and tradition of a place, country and/or a group of people.

These instruments uplift a child’s self-confidence.

When your child begins to have recital or performance tests, he or she will be given constructive criticisms and advice from his or her teacher or mentor if she did play the instrument well or not.

This will help and mold your child to be able to accept negative comments and will use those negative comments as guidance and motivation for him or her to improve more.

This will also help your child understand that no one is perfect and everyone needs to improve all the way. He or she will be able to accept his or her flaws, accept who she or he really is, and become a lot more confident to show himself or herself in front of people showcasing her or his music skills.

The important note in the end is that your child will be able to love himself or herself because he or she knows how imperfectly perfect she or he is.

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