When I was a kid, my mom put me and my siblings in piano lessons. My sister was a natural, she was very good at it. I was far from a natural (and far from good) but, nonetheless, I loved taking piano lessons and I have seen the benefits of those lessons in my life. My brother hated it and I remember my mom telling him on multiple occasions that he would thank her one day. To this day, he's yet to thank her but as it turns out, he probably should since playing a musical instrument has many benefits for children.
Improves Academic Performance
Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument can make a difference in a child's academic performance. Translating notes read in a music book into hand positioning on an instrument increases reading comprehension and counting rhythms and notes can help develop math skills. Also, research has shown that studying a musical instrument can increase one's IQ.
Develops Listening Skills
Listening is a crucial part of playing an instrument, taking music lessons will help your child develop better listening skills.
Playing a musical instrument will teach your child responsibility - taking proper care of the instrument and music books, plus practicing on a regular basis at home.
Learning how to play an instrument is no easy task; it requires a lot of patience which is not a skill that comes naturally to most (or any) of us. Especially in today's fast-paced, immediate gratification society. Practicing an instrument will also be great practice for your child's patience!
We all know the saying, "If at first, you don't succeed, try try again". Well, playing an instrument involves a lot of trying again. Taking music lessons will teach your child to persist toward a goal.
Playing a musical instrument has great potential to build a child's self-confidence. Sure, your child may not prove to be a modern-day Beethoven but going from blank stares at black circles on some lines in a book to playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star can have her feeling quite proud and accomplished.