Some of the well-known benefits of playing a musical instrument include:
- Increased confidence in front of crowds of strangers
- Ability to perform under pressure and excel despite nervousness
- Stronger maths skills
- Respect for authority and teachers
- An appreciation for hard work and dedication to achieve a goal
- Team work and the ability to work well with others
- Having fun, and being able to entertain friends and family with the gift of music!
These are all wonderful benefits that would surely impress parents and teachers and convince them to invest in the next generation’s musical education.
An unexpected benefit of musical education – a strengthened community
The benefits of musical education for children are not solely limited to individual children, their families or even their classes at school – these positives can have a ‘trickle down’ effect that ultimately prove beneficial to everyone in the community.
The Guardian has written about how the arts can help to make children “well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people.” In fact, all of the benefits listed above - the ability to perform well under pressure, dedication, appreciation for hard work, team work, respect for authority – these will all help raise kids to be responsible citizens. These qualities are vital when it comes to building the next generation of community members; people who are active and engaged, interested in making their neighbourhood – and the world – a better place. Many styles of music introduce children to new cultures, making them more tolerant of new ideas and opening their eyes to the diversity in their community and beyond.
Music: the ability to make people happy
While the above section details the ways that developing strong personal attributes can benefit the community, there is another important way that children’s music education can help others: it can simply make people happy.
From attending children’s musical concerts to hearing a treasured grandchild or neighbour play the sax, music evokes happy feelings and builds the community. Children who are engaged in musical education often play concerts for the elderly, at community centres and in public spaces, bringing a smile to the faces of others and establishing their community as a great place to live with a strong sense of identity.
When you are considering whether or not you want to enrol your children in music lessons or buy them an instrument, remember: you are not only enriching your child’s life – you are making your community a better place to live.