As I write this blog, I am listening to Janina practice “The Climb” on the guitar. She started her lessons today. A few years ago, she took piano lessons. I always enjoy it when I’m doing my stuff at home and at the background is one of my kids practicing on the piano or guitar. Paolo and I have always wanted our children to learn to play the piano or the guitar or whatever musical instrument that our children will take a liking to. I remember reading about it years ago that learning to play a musical instrument engages both hemispheres of the brain. Playing an instrument involves art and math. It involves emotion and logic. It develops both the left and right side of the brain. Playing a musical instrument also boosts your child’s memory.
Playing the piano improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in children. It helps improve their concentration. It teaches them discipline and encourages them to persevere and stay at a task. It also boosts their self-esteem and confidence when they know they have considerably mastered an instrument and can play before an audience. Daily music practice will also give them something to fight idleness.
Not all kids will show interest in learning a musical instrument, and you should never force your child, but if your child seems to want to try it, then let him. Music lessons can be costly but if you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find something that will fit your budget. And there are always free lessons on YouTube.
Our children may never become concert pianists or go professional but we want them to reap the benfits of music lessons that go beyond classroom education. Plus it always refreshes our souls whenever we hear our children play their music.
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!