My kids usually take the summer off from their music lessons because they are not really around enough to practice their instruments. This summer, PickyKidPix practiced more than she’s ever had during the summer because she finds it frustrating to go backward while on summer hiatus. For flute players, it’s important for them to blow their flute every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
My son had a handful of guitar lessons though we would go on three-week stretches when either we or his teacher were out-of-town. This irregular lesson schedule makes it harder for him to maintain his practice schedule because he likes to play his pieces when they are memorized and easy for him to crank out.
Now that school is nearly here, I’m glad that the structure will get my kids back on a practice schedule. There are a ton of benefits for learning an instrument:
- It teaches perseverance.
- Learning an instrument teaches kids that it’s not about natural ability but in putting in the work.
- Music is connected with improved verbal skills.
- Music is a creative outlet to express yourself.
- A musical group such as an orchestra, band or ensemble is a great way to learn to work together.
- Music can change your brain! It develops cognitive skills for kids. It also helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease for the elderly. My 91-year-old mother is taking piano lessons from my sister and it’s also helped her fine motor skills.
- Music is a confidence booster.
- Learning to play a musical instrument is fun!
Does your school have instrumental lessons for kids or offer band or orchestra? Our elementary school does though the parents pay an extra fee to cover the costs. I have found that renting an instrument is a cost-effective way to let my kids try out new instruments. It allows them flexibility … which was great when Grasshopper and Sensei tried percussion for a month and then decided that she wanted to try flute instead.
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Are your kids enjoying learning an instrument too? Please share!
p.s. Interested in bringing music back into your life? You might like Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life by Amy Nathan
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