Build a Child’s Confidence with Music Skills
As your child moves through early grades and school, you may wonder not only whether it’s the right time to start music lessons, but what the benefits are for children learning music. As a long-time pianist, I can speak first hand to the benefits of music skills for life. And as a parent, perhaps the most important is the development of true confidence. Not just a pat on the back for participation, but true self-esteem through accomplishing something after a dedicated effort.
Studying music teaches strategic skills for tackling tough problems. Beyond the benefits of learning music for itself, your child learns to tackle new skills in a powerfully systematic way. A new song may feel overwhelmingly difficult. New fingering. Difficult phrasing. Perhaps a key they’ve never used. As your child works through each song, they learn new skills and techniques. How? By breaking it down, getting help from a master when necessary, and practicing until they’ve overcome each hurdle. These achievements are profound for establishing smart habits for tackling problems through the rest of their lives.
Music study can help improve test scores and academic performance. Study after study after study shows the academic benefits of musical training for children. Music uses both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously, strengthening neural connections. It also helps information processing, build memory skills, and verbal skills as well - not surprising since music is a form of communication. These improved mental skills give a boost of confidence when it comes to working on school projects.
A community of fellow musicians. Like many hobbies, music studies brings with it an almost built-in community. When your child has peers, who get the struggle of learning a challenging trill, or have to learn to listen and respond to others in a group song, this sense of connection and community can go a long way towards boosting confidence in a child. The pride of performing in front of others, and the respect for fellow performers, teaches a give and take that is essential for building strong relationships.
As a parent, we want to make sure we are helping our children achieve their long-term goals, and music can help. It may seem a slow process with a lot of practice time and lessons, but the benefits to your child will last them a lifetime. To help your child develop confidence through music, check out the welcome resources at Hoffman Academy for free beginner membership. This post is sponsored by Hoffman Academy but my musical experiences were years in the making and I'm excited for my kids to enjoy the same benefits. Share your reasons for wanting to build confidence in your child using the hashtag #HoffmanAcademy!