Discipline. Learning to play beautiful music doesn’t happen overnight. All students must start from the beginning playing scales and mastering basic skills. Music teaches the value of patience and discipline because children set aside time for practice and make it part of their routine to further their skills.

Work ethic. Music teaches children work ethic because they see the value of practice as they improve and reach new achievements. Students learn dedication leads to good results, while failing to practice results in mediocre music. These lessons carry into school studies and future employment.

Memory. Music requires kids to practice memorization. Even if sheet music is used, students memorize how to play each note and the sheet music eventually becomes a guide. Students can use their developing memorization skills in a variety of ways in school and at home.

Teamwork. Teamwork isn’t just for sports. Music students may have an opportunity to participate in a band or orchestra. This provides kids the experience of working as a team and a sense of camaraderie. Teamwork develops social skills that they will use for a lifetime.

Confidence and social development. Kids gain confidence as they begin to perform music for an audience. This helps kids learn to face their fears and builds self esteem. As kids build confidence, they are likely to boost their communication skills and have increased social development.

Lifelong challenge. In music, there is always room for improvement. This creates the opportunity for students of any age to improve and challenge themselves for many years to come.

Stress relief. Playing an instrument can be an outlet for kids. Music can be relaxing and a form of stress relief, as well as a way to express themselves creatively.

Creativity. Kids who play music are trained to think creatively. The ability to think outside of the box in many other situations is a coveted asset.

Improved coordination. Kids who play instruments develop hand-eye coordination. Just like in sports, playing an instrument develops motor skills.

Higher test scores. Studies show that children who are exposed to music education have higher SAT scores and better grades in school overall, according to the Children’s Music Workshop.

Introduction to other cultures. Through music, kids are exposed to other cultures. This helps kids become accepting and globally aware from an early age.

– Sarah Lyons

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