Music education: composing the soul of your local community
As clickbait articles and search engine predictions are quick to suggest, playing an instrument can indeed encourage kids to reveal their smarter, happier, and more creative selves.
Although this might seem to be common sense or a little rudimentary in its assertion, there’s a whole lot of scientific research to evidence the wealth of wondrous benefits that are bestowed on those who engage in musical activities.
Whether your child chooses to sing, play, or read music, picking up any musical hobby can improve kids’ emotional wellbeing and give them a leg up when it comes to academic performance.
If you’re into specifics, in 2015 a group of researchers found that music training is a complementary adjunct for the development of literacy skills and memory performance, adding another two notches to the post of probable benefits.
Overall, we’re talking about a huge range of cognitive processing and socioemotional skills, such as:
- Increased confidence
- Ability to perform under pressure
- Stronger maths skills
- Improved creative capability and resourcefulness
- An appreciation for hard work, dedication and patience
- A calmer state of being due to mindful activity
Yet, there’s an additional, somewhat unexpected benefit to music education. That is, it’s actually super useful for strengthening communities.
Given the plethora of positive attributes that a child accrues through their involvement with music, it’s really no surprise that it all ‘trickles down’ and treats the community to something special.
You only have to take a look at other posts across our blog, hit up a few research papers, or even simply peruse the paragraph above to determine that those are the kind of skills that make for a pretty swell citizen. The kind of citizen that The Guardian once dubbed as ‘well-rounded, questioning, lateral-thinking people’. With plenty of those folk in the making, it’s bound to bring some stellar stuff to the local community.
Active and engaged, they’re interested in making their neighbourhood – and the world – a better place.
Don’t forget, many styles of music also introduce children to new cultures, making them more tolerant of new ideas and opening their eyes to the diversity in their community and beyond.
Let’s not overlook another important way that children’s music education can enhance the life of others. Hold on to your seat…
Simply, it makes them happy.
Whether you are 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.
As you ponder over whether you want to purchase that instrument or enrol your children onto music lessons, remember: not only are you enriching your child’s life, you’re adding a whole lot of soul to your local community.