It’s true – kids love music! And so should parents and teachers! Learning to play an instrument can improve children’s skills in math, memorization, and listening, as well as helping young brains to develop motor skills and coordination.
Learning music can also build self-esteem and teach kids about time management and teamwork. Not only that, playing an instrument or singing is a great way to relieve stress and it gives kids a constructive way to express themselves. Kids who practice music and singing often do better in school because they learn about patience and self-discipline.
Adults who learn music as children are often more successful. They have a better work ethic and they understand that hard work pays off. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers.
What’s the best age to start?
The right age will vary for each child but the key is to finding the music program that is right for them. Does your child respond to music by singing, clapping, or dancing? For more formal instruction in singing or learning an instrument, 5 is usually a good age to start. By that time, keiki are usually able to sit still longer and focus better.
What’s the best instrument?
Be careful not choose an instrument that is too heavy or too big for them to play properly! Violin and piano are a great place to start, especially for children under 6 because they help to develop a foundation for other instruments. If your little one has a strong desire to learn a certain instrument, talk to their music teacher to see if it’s a good choice for their age.
How much time will it take?
If your kid is already involved in sports and clubs that take up a lot of their free time, make sure they can fit music lessons in without being too stressed or letting their schoolwork suffer. As well as the lessons themselves, you also need to make sure to get a few practice hours in.
How much will it cost?
Cost may be the most important factor for you. Purchasing an instrument can be a big expense, but you do have some options – you could rent an instrument from a music studio or purchase one used online. Books and sheet music can often be found online too. Some schools even have loaner instruments their students can use for a while. The cost of the lessons themselves is another important consideration.
Giving your child the gift of music is something they will keep with them their entire life. With some careful planning and creativity, every child should be able to learn an instrument if they desire to do so. That’s why at InspiredPlay, we want to make music education accessible to everyone.
In partnership with Wenger, we provide high quality music education facilities that are durable, dependable, and designed for the daily demands of practice and performance: chairs, stands, and risers designed for success; staging that can be moved and reconfigured for your needs; acoustic treatments that enhance every space. Why not let your school know about what we can do for them?