This series will focus on some different ways that music lessons benefit us, adults as well as children – although most of the test results shown pertain to the positive effect that music lessons have on proper development of children specifically.
Part 1: Success in Social Life
The first benefit music lessons have been shown to bring to kids is success in society. Students who participated in music lessons during school showed a lower rate of drug use than students who had no exposure to musical training, both over the many years of the study as an average, and also at the end of the study. according to a study by the Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report, Reported in the Houston Chronicle in Jan. 1998
Kids involved in music have an automatic hobby. They don’t have to go looking for trouble if they are engaged in making music, and enjoying it besides! A kid who is involved in music lessons can be involved in music up to ten hours or more a week – taking up much of their free time with a safe and healthy habit. Also, Piano, Guitar, or other music lessons will allow your child to be involved with a teacher who can act as a mentor, setting a good example of behavior for your child to admire and emulate. At the Musicality Network we know that character is important to those looking for a music teacher. If you find a teacher who is a good fit, you are probably looking at a long term friendship with this teacher, who can also be a mentor which is good for young kids – giving them a picture of what they want to be like when they are older, drug free and responsible! 🙂
According to Michael Greene, the Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, “Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let’s not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of it!”
Michael is calling us to realize the potential for good that music lessons have in the lives of our children. Realize that when you are seeking for a music teacher for your kids, you are indeed helping them. Helping them to be successful in life, to use their mind, to enjoy life, to avoid more destructive habits. A young life filled with music will blossom in high school and beyond. Sowing seeds of music at a young age will reap crops of healthy young adults – adults who (like myself with my parents) when grown will thank you for giving them the foundation of music at a young age from which they are able to enjoy music as they grow.
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