"Why should I or my child take music lessons?"
1. Develop a Valuable Musical Talent
Shinichi Suzuki, the “grandfather” of child music education and creator of the world-renown “Suzuki method” strongly advocated that children are not born with musical talents, but rather they are developed just like learning a native language through early-age training. By giving your child voice lessons, you will be giving the gift of singing, playing, and music appreciation that will become a valuable and cherished asset for a lifetime as a medium for satisfying personal achievement and entertainment.
2. Build Self-Esteem
In addition to the morale that the student gains from working diligently at a skill and succeeding, the positive individual attention given in private and small-group lessons and parent practice sessions fosters self-esteem and self-worth in the student by showing them that they are worthy of personal attention and that others believe in their success.
3. Learn Study Skills
In the course of music lessons, students learn many study and memorization skills that easily transfer over to other subject areas to help them succeed in school and life. Studying music will help students discover their own best individual learning styles, giving them a head start on the independent learning skills they will need in more advanced academics.
4. Learn Focus
Regular music lessons and practice sessions help students develop advanced levels of concentration, determination, self-discipline, and responsibility to regularly practice and work at skills to reach near and far-distant goals. These are the rare personality traits that more than any else will ensure success in all other areas of life.
5. Increase Brain Function
Many studies have shown that music instruction helps students develop advanced complex hand-eye, hand-to-hand and right-left brain coordination that greatly increases their ability for multitask and complex brain activity, spatial cognition and fine motor skill activities such as typing and writing. Many of the world’s greatest minds were honed by their classical music playing and education.
6. Increase Mathematical Skills
Studies have also shown that music instruction helps students develop practical science and mathematical skills such as counting, pattern recognition, and recall, geometry, ratios and proportions, fractions, sequences, timekeeping and pacing, acoustics, etc.
7. Build Character
Studies have shown that students who study classical music develop stronger moral character, are much more likely to score high in their classes and standardized tests, and much less likely to engage in substance abuse or criminal behavior. (Columbus Parent)
9. Increase Listening Skills
Studies have shown that trained musicians are much better at discerning subtle speech inflections and thereby “reading between the lines” of what a person says than those without musical training. (Fox News: Live Science)
10. Improve Speaking and Communication
Singing lessons have also been shown to cause significant improvement of the quality of the speaking voice including improving clarity, tone, diction, and expression. Singing students also work on improving their facial and body expression, eye contact, and confidence, and become accustomed to singing in foreign languages.
11. Develop Presentation and Leadership Skills
Face-to-face performance training and experience gained from singing lessons teach children strategies for preparing and confidently delivering presentations in front of strangers, peers, and critics. Poise and confidence in front of others foster leadership and social skills.
12. Develop Creativity and Artistic Awareness
Creativity and ability to “think outside the box” have been praised as important characteristics of successful professionals in all areas. Singing lessons help children develop and use their creativity and artistic skills in a structured, universally-appreciated way. As students are pushed to conform and “put away childish things” as they get older, singing and music will remain legitimate and appreciated medium to keep their creative mind and open outlook alive.
13. Connect with Others through Music
Music has often been called a “universal language” for its incredible ability to transcend language, cultural and time constraints to communicate thoughts, ideas, emotions, and impressions. Learning the “language” of fine music opens the door to an endless library of musical stories, portraits, essays, manifestos and poetry that has provided inspiration for centuries to our world’s greatest minds. More than any other medium, vocal music excels in communicating to and touching the souls of men and women and is a manifestation of humanity’s collective conscience and social heritage.
14. Express Yourself through Music
Learning to sing opens a new and deeply powerful medium of emotional education and expression as the child learns to “give voice” to the emotions of the composers and their own. When the student participates in the production of quality music and really understands and connects with it, the intellect and the emotion are profoundly stimulated and the student comes away from the experience with an enriched and more meaningful life.
15. Heal Yourself with Music
Music has long been a considered soothing and healing practice. While not all popular music available today can be said to contribute to peace of mind and body, studies have shown that Classical and modern art music helps in a number of ways including lowering blood pressure, soothing stress, and chronic pain, and promoting healthy breathing. Fine Music gives the student a forum to cope with life’s challenging emotions and promotes healthy and balanced thought and body. (Music Therapy as a medical treatment is a legitimate and growing profession used for improving the quality of life of people on all levels, improving social skills and treating a variety of conditions from physical and speech disorders to depression, behavior problems, and psychiatric conditions.)