Music is fun, no one has to try to make it fun. However parents and educators often do not consider how important music is as a life skill. The decision to study music is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself, your family, and community. No language, sport, or academic study can claim all the benefits of music. For music is a mental discipline which contributes to brain development, It is a physical training similar to that in sports, and, it is a means of enjoyment and expression that one can do all of their lives. It is a unique skill that gives even the youngest player a real sense of personal accomplishment and recognition from others.

 

MUSIC IS FUN, BUT MUST BE THOUGHT OF AS AN EDUCATIONAL SUBJECT

The lesson is actually a unique opportunity to challenge students to mentally think harder and physically play better. Students who resist this effort are resisting learning, not music. The fact is, as students get better and better, music is more and more fun, no one has to try to make it fun.

 

But at the same time, to be more specific, there are five basic aspects that you should look for in music study. They are:

 

  • A greater ability to concentrate, which helps students in school and all that they do.
  • Reading musical notation, which trains the eyes to read note by note and to speed read in large groups of notes.
  • Technical skills in their fingers to train students at a level of proficiency that they could not get on their own.
  • Increasing music knowledge by learning traditional songs and pieces from the masters that have stood the test of time. And preparing special solos and duets to perform before others.
  • A practical knowledge of music theory to use for improvisation and personal expression.

 

Combating the negative effects of electronic devices

And now, in recent years, another benefit has emerged; which is to develop finger strength and to improve posture, both of which have become weaker due to the frequent use of electronic devices. The cause of these weaknesses is due to the bending over to use devices, which promotes slouching; and the stroking movements to play them, which has weakened the manual dexterity of the fingers. Today, experts warn that 80 percent of children start school with poor coordination due to the frequent use of ipads and sedentary lifestyles.

 

In addition to the physical effects of electronic devices, something more is of greater concern. The effects of technology have not helped children learn. Children sitting in front of screens for long periods of time are not developing concentration but rather are in a hypnotic state. Even educational apps don't help children think logically and to read better. Also, staring at a screen doesn't develop resilience. Yes, even when watching children's programs that talk about relationships, only real interactions with others help children learn to cope with challenges for themselves.

 

How can parents help with their child's mental and physical development and learn a skill at the same time? Especially for young children, the benefits of a private lesson are more direct and profound than anything else they do. At the lesson students learn how to control their mind and muscles musically. At the lesson, children become little adults with their mind at work and their body in control for thirty minutes every week. What parent wouldn't want the value of this experience?

 

Parents and teachers should make music study mandatory

If your child wants to quit lessons, now is the time he or she needs your support. Parents should make private lessons a priority in their child's education because, in the end, everyone regrets quitting lessons. Honestly, if students complain about lessons, the real problem is not music, it is the disciplines of studying music that students resist and the reason so few ever grow up musically trained.

 

To help parents have the courage to stick with lessons, let's review some things we know about music. Music is not an isolated experience, it is everywhere we go. We know that all children are drawn to music and love to sing. We know that most parents want their children to be musical. We know that everyone identifies with the music introduced to them as children all their lives. We know that music is the first subject that can be studied seriously as a child and the last thing forgotten in old age.  We know that the study of music has been found by scientific studies to contribute to making children smarter. We know that the study of music enhances lives. For example, Albert Einstein studied violin and piano from the age of 5. This is what he had to say about the value of music in his life. "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music." This is an amazing statement in support of the importance of music study, regardless of what one grows up to be.

 

Do you think he always felt this way? Absolutely not. Everyone who has studied music long enough for it to be useful, at one point or another complained about lessons and wanted to quit. How often do we hear, "I wish my mom would not have let me quit piano lessons. " On the other hand, we don't hear anyone say, "My biggest regret is that my mom let me quit soccer." This is not to say that soccer and other programs for children are not important. But in the scheme of things, sooner or later, everyone wishes they could read music and play a musical instrument, We know this, anyone who started and stayed in lessons has a final attitude of gratitude.