LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

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.

Psalm 150:3–4 (NKJV)

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!

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3 Replies to “LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT”

  1. music lessons for the win! 😀 hehe. i grew up in a musical family (all 15 brothers and sisters of both my mom and dad played piano & guitar!), and gabe and randee obviously got their musical talent from his dad 😀 we can’t wait to get raph into this wonderful world, whatever instrument he chooses 🙂

    1. diane! 15! wow, i didn’t know your family was that big! it must have been a lot of fun jamming together! i had lots of happy times with my sisters too singing broadway with the piano 🙂

  2. haha yeah, ate jenn, it was almost impossible that we wouldn’t get into at least ONE musical instrument! my mom had 7 siblings, while my dad had 6, and ALL of them played at least one instrument, and every family gathering always ended with some singing by the piano.

    and the fact that no one pursued it professionally (they’re all engineers or in some company) only proves that you don’t have to be pressured into learning music as a profession but just out of sheer love or passion for it 🙂 Broadway music was our favorite too 😀

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