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7 ways learning music boosts intellectual skills in children

first_img7 ways learning music boosts intellectual skills in childrenResearch shows that learning music facilitates learning and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 16:37 IST 7 ways learning music boosts intellectual skills in childrenMusic education is crucial for children as it offers them a way to connect with other people. Being young, children are very social, and it’s important at a tender age to encourage them to build relationships by providing them with experiences to share with each other.Apart from improving social connections and development, music helps in the analytical development of children. There are particular areas of the brain that are responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception, and reading skills, all of which help in the overall intellectual development of young ones.Music education is also an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children grow in self-esteem, build essential skills, and prepare for bright futures. Research shows that learning music facilitates learning and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. It not only encourages students to showcase their creativity but also allows them to explore beyond classroom learning.Benefits of music education:1. Boosts self-esteem Learning music from a young age teaches students to accept and give constructive criticism. Accepting feedback and incorporating it to make a change helps build self-confidence. Group lessons offer a leeway for students to understand that perfection is superficial and everyone has room for improvement.2. Introduces new cultures Music education gives students a glimpse into multiple cultures and boosts their development of compassion and empathy. This provides students with an opportunity to bridge the gap across cultural chasms that leads to learning about respect at an early age.advertisement3. Teaches discipline Learning music teaches students about delayed gratification. Playing an instrument or practising music teaches students to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals.4. Develops physical skills Instruments such as piano, violin, drums, and percussion help students develop coordination and motor skills, with the latter also requiring movement of the hands, arms, and feet. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing is a complementary skill that also prepares children for other hobbies such as dance and sports.5. Improves academics Music works as an outlet from academic rigour and students who study it tend to think creatively and learn to solve problems by visualising multiple solutions. Music education also enables students to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously, which one would encounter in architecture, engineering, math, art, and especially when working with computers.6. Heightens problem-solving skills Music education has the capability to help students process situations and find solutions mentally. Those with musical training have been found to have higher levels of grey matter volume in their brains, which are directly tied to auditory processing and comprehension.7. Nurtures teamwork Students studying music get the opportunity to work together to create a technically correct performance. Musicians learn to listen to others, sense emotion, and react with greater depth and understanding. Together, they form a community of like-minded individuals who can help each other reach goals.In conclusion, it must be noted that music helps in integrating the body and the mind of children. Dancing to music, in particular, builds a positive mindset and helps children sharpen their motor skills. Exposure to music in the early years also aids children in learning sounds and meanings of words, practising self-expression, and helps strengthen memory skills.Remembering the grammar of music is vital in the early stages of learning after which follows the expression of creativity. Music is relaxing and helps students with stress and anxiety and study more efficiently.Classical music is peaceful and harmonious and is one of the best options to listen to when studying. It is believed that listening to the classical composer Mozart improves mental performance and is described as the “Mozart Effect.” Nothing like a whiff of Mozart to boost the growth of your child!(Authored by Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School, Bangalore)READ: Music helps in reducing anxiety before anesthesia, says studyAlso read: Student’s disability status depends on where they go to school: StudyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow music educationFollow music education programmesFollow Musiclast_img read more