Benefits of Music for Children

A lot of children take music lessons; most parents jump at the chance to give their kids the opportunity the minute they show an interest. But beyond having a passion to play the flute or guitar, or even just a passing interest; are there any actual benefits of music lessons? The answer is yes; there is a wide range of benefits that include an increase in listening ability, to a rise in IQ. Following is a list of the top benefits of music lessons for children.

The Ability to Reason
Problem solving might sound like a blanket benefit, as in you acquire problem solving skills anywhere, but music lessons really do boost your ability to reason. Music for children is a fun way to learn how to work through issues, how to persevere through challenges, and to be proud of their successes once they’ve mastered their favorite instrument.

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Increased IQ
Due to the amount of information that must be processed when learning a musical instrument, most children have shown an increased IQ after taking music lessons, and have even been linked to improved test scores. These benefits are often related to the reading skills needed to learn to play an instrument, as well as the problem solving that goes along with it.

Stronger Memory
No matter the instrument, be it piano, guitar or saxophone, children will have to memorize quite a bit to learn their instrument of choice. It can be challenging at first, but with time, children have been shown to have a much better memory than they did before they started to play.

Understanding Forms of Communication
Music is, for the most part, its own unique language which can take a while to grasp but learning how to understand and communicate through music is very beneficial for any child, and a very rewarding experience for them as well.

Hand Eye Coordination
Hand eye coordination is greatly improved once children start playing a musical instrument, necessary skills necessary that they will need to master musical instruments and other tasks in life so it makes sense that they’d improve as they played.

Spatial Temporal Capabilities
Studies have identified a causal connection between music and spatial intellect, meaning that learning music can help children visualize a number of elements that go together, similar to what they do to solve math problems.