Corona outbreak across the globe has changed the social life of people, especially parents concerned about their children’s physical and mental health. Parents can encourage their children to learn music. Learning music enriches the life of their children, that is, learning to play a musical instrument or singing as a hobby can improvise them in many ways and avoid boredom and helps in unlocking creative areas of their brain. Lockdown has given us plenty of time to spend time with family.
Some simple initiatives from parents which will help in encouraging children’s interest towards music.
Parents can conduct games like singing song games with children and appreciate their children and remove their shyness.
Playing good ambient music with mild tone in the background when the kids are involved in playing, studying, etc, develops their interest in music.
Research has shown how playing ambient music or different patterns of music in ascending and descending patterns can boost children’s cognitive development at a young age.
Music is an art that helps children to get comfortable with numbers. Music and math both are intertwined. By learning beats and rhythms children can easily understand the fractions, divide, and patterns.
Music improves the social skills of children. Group of notes together forms a music and music cannot be formed by a single note. Learning music promotes a child to perform as a team, as it requires interaction and communication with others in a team and also helps foster friendship among peers. It’s important for one to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble, Example – team performing in an orchestra. Children’s social skills will be improved by collaborating and understanding with other children.
Music Builds patience
Music cannot be learned in a short time as it requires patience, perseverance, and lots of practice. Music shapes up a person’s patience and discipline level. In order for someone to play musical instruments like guitar they need to know the fundamentals of devices like how many strings guitar has and how to hold a guitar and position their fingers and how to use the plectrum etc. Playing an instrument requires a lot of focus, attention and practice for hours, days, years together to play a simple piece of music.
Music Helps To Improve Your Self-Esteem
Learning music will help children to boost their self- confidence in them. Learning music will be a bit harder in the beginning and also it will turn negative feedback into positive changes. While playing with their peer group, children understand that nobody is perfect in the world and everyone has room for improvement. Playing among music bands in public helps to overcome the stage fears which helps to build them as leaders in the future and children possess exceptional musical skills.
There are so much of variety of music in the world like classical, western, pop, rock, blues, etc and a variety of musical instruments like percussion, woodwind, string, brass from different cultures. Learning to play Bongo drums, which is famous in African culture and Tabla drums from Indian culture, helps to discover different music forms and respect individuals and cultures. It helps children to foster an open mind about the world.
Expressing one ‘s true feelings is always difficult even for their parents and friends. Children often encounter difficulties in expressing, and learning music gives them an outlet for expressing their emotions healthily and productively.
World-wide corona outbreak is making social life difficult for everyone and learning music helps children to build positivity in such crisis time and strengthens their mental health.
The article was written by Shriram Moorthy