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5 Ways Music Can Help Your Child’s Development

5 Ways Music Can Help Your Child's DevelopmentAs any master of music education can tell you, music can help children develop in an amazing fashion. Whether it is music education classes, band, or individual lessons, learning music helps children develop in a number of ways. Although there are more than these, here are five important ones for parents to consider:

Better Academic Scores

Studies have shown that when children listen to music, their brains begin to hear and process sound information they would not have previously heard. This develops what scientists call “neurophysiological distinction.” These are distinctions that differentiate sounds that they would not normally have heard prior to listening to the music. Through the acquisition and practice of neurophysiological distinction, greater literacy can develop in the child, which in turn can lead to improved academic scores.

Self-Discipline and Patience

Self-discipline is a necessary skill for success because it allows anyone with it to perform better, either at school, at work and in life. Self-discipline, which is learned through musical training, aids in developing these highly prized problem-solving skills.

Music practice teaches a child patience as well. Before the child can pay the first note, in terms of instruction, they must learn how to approach or hold the instrument, put their fingers or mouth on it properly, and more. The act of practice requires focused thought, something very desirable in childhood learning. All of these skills can be applied incrementally and continually through their lives. Music also requires that children learn about delayed gratification, because today’s small practice can create something of beauty and accomplishment in the future.


Music also boosts a child’s self-esteem. It can be very gratifying for a child to put their heart and soul into practicing and then performing a musical piece. What’s more, they can get a sense for self-expression when performing something on their own, and feedback from their teachers and peers can help create a sense of secure acceptance that can make them feel good about themselves.

Physical Skills:

Playing an instrument or singing properly require physical concentration and exertion. Holding their hands, the instrument, or their body in the way to properly play or sing acquaints the child with the concepts of physical consciousness and training. This builds a child’s physical skills and coordination.

Social Skills:

In a music class, in band or in choir, children are required to both play and interact with other children. This requires teamwork, co-operation, a concept of time, and the respectful treatment of others and self. In a group performance, the child can see how they can contribute to the beauty of a musical piece and be a part of something greater than themselves.

In general, music lessons, either private or group ones, can provide children with much needed advancement skills that can be beneficial throughout childhood and throughout life.

Tim Esterdahl

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