Why should I practice my instrument?

10 reasons why children should learn a musical instrument

Music is fun, music is even more fun. It's easy to understand why parents want their kids to find their way into this wonderful hobby. And that is undoubtedly a good thing. After all, learning a musical instrument has numerous advantages for the beloved offspring - cognitive, motor, mental and many more.

Here are 10 reasons why you should invite your children into the world of making music ... 🥁🎺🎻🎷🎼📚🎶

1. Kids making music are better at school

The study by Martin Guhn - scientist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver - and his team is still very fresh. The question: Are students who make school music in a band, orchestra or choir more productive than their classmates who do not make music? The data from over 110,000 Canadian schoolchildren, 13 percent of whom are musically active, were evaluated. The impressive result: the more often and more intensively the kids play music, the better the grades. And what's more: Those who have been playing an instrument for years are on average one school year ahead of their non-music classmates.

2. Actively making music can promote intelligence and language skills

More than ten years ago, brain researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences in Leipzig addressed the question of what influence musical training has on speech and music processing in children. In their study, Sebastian Jentschke and Stefan Koelsch come to the conclusion that music and language are processed in partially identical brain regions. This means that musically supported children are also supported in their language skills - and vice versa. Absolutely helpful in school, too.

3. Making music strengthens self-confidence

If children learn to play an instrument, they will overcome smaller and sometimes larger stumbling blocks on this path. With each learning progress, you clear a new hurdle out of the way. Gradually they get better and better and soon they can do something that not everyone can do. This strengthens self-confidence and makes them mentally strong even in “non-musical situations”.

4. Ability for self-reflection - a positive quality for life

The fact remains, if the kids are occupied with an instrument, whatever it may be, they automatically concern themselves with themselves. They will listen very deeply to themselves. Mastering an instrument ultimately means filigree body control. This only works in the reflective interplay of the senses. And self-reflection is a trait that kids will find helpful throughout life.

5. Increased social competence in cooperation

Musicians have to be considerate of one another and listen to one another. If everyone in a band, band or orchestra plays only for themselves, the song cannot turn into a suitable shoe. Everyone has their own task for the resulting bigger picture and at the same time everyone helps and supports each other. For every child playing music, this is a personal learning process with respectful human attention, which promotes social skills.

6. Making music increases cognitive abilities and concentration

Movement and coordination, feeling and touch, hearing and seeing are very intensely connected when making music. Not to forget the imagination and creativity. Cognitive abilities are increased almost automatically, including mental agility. According to a study by neuroscientist Dr. Ines Jentsch from the University of St. Andrews, UK, leads "higher musical training through higher speed in solving tasks without compromising accuracy to more efficient information processing and thus increased ability to concentrate".

7. Learning an instrument promotes patience and perseverance

It can take some time for the children to master the selected instrument to some extent and to play the first small concerts, for example in the auditorium. You practice diligently and joyfully, then sometimes in a disgruntled mood and maybe want to give up. But if you - and the music teachers - support them carefully, they will stick to their cause and soon look back on the past. The beginnings are made, persevered! That gives them a real feeling of happiness.

8. Creative down to the fingertips

The instrument opens your kids a gate into completely new worlds. It lets them try out, experiment, just do something unknown and unprecedented. Perhaps they will re-enact well-known titles with their own individual touch. Maybe they improvise and at some point put the perfect tone in the equally perfect place. If you enable your offspring to learn their favorite instrument, you are giving them something by their hand with which they can live and live out their inner being.

9. The instrument as a valuable friend ❤

The first instrument in particular becomes a best friend, a comrade who loyally stands by the child in all situations. Whether violin, trumpet, flute, guitar, keyboard, accordion, whatever. The children will appreciate the value because they have a very special relationship with their favorite instrument. And even the most discreet or shy among them can use it to express feelings that they otherwise would not or would not be able to show. A mouthpiece for emotions.

10. Make music - a way of life with lots of nice like-minded people

And finally: playing an instrument is much more than operating a machine. It's a way of life and the children share that with an incredible number of nice people. Every musician has simply gone the same path that your ambitious “young artists” are now allowed to take. All of them have had the same or very similar experiences from the first note to playing complex pieces of music. An extraordinary community with a great sense of togetherness.

What does music mean to you? Below you will find a very personal interview with our girls - and with a lot. ❤ Worth seeing, take a look!

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Franziska started her musical career on the violin and today is musically at home between Smetana and In Flames. In her free time, she is involved in all kinds of cultural areas and lives her passion - art - in all its facets.