One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, Leopold Stokowski, once said, ‘A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.’ In both cases, both have virtually nothing to work on or start with except inspiration and passion.
Working from and with nothing can be tough, to say the least, and such is the challenge faced by musical composers. However, the minute a combination of notes starts streaming into their consciousness, they grab a music sheet and begin putting on paper those notes. They then grab a musical instrument and start playing those notes. Another musical composition is then in the works.
If you like your child to spend his spare time on something worthwhile instead of staying for hours in front of a computer or with his tablet or smartphone, why not enroll him in music lessons? There are certain benefits of music education, and here are some of them:
Brain development – Certainly, there are many other ways by which your child’s brain can develop. But musical training can help develop areas in the brain that involve language and reasoning while your child also enjoys the reinvigorating sound of musical notes. There are recent studies that show that taking music lessons can physically develop the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved in language processing.
Learning how to think creatively – Students of music are usually faced with many situations where they have to think creatively and even solve problems at the drop of a hat, especially if he’s playing music that requires improvisations in some parts.
Providing self-expression – People express themselves more effectively in certain ways. One of the many ways someone can express himself is by playing a musical instrument or by singing – or both. Studying music can help your child touch base with his core, and once he knows his true essence, it would be easier for him to express what’s deep within him.
Conquering fear – That may sound like something that would fall under the field of psychology, but believe it or not, enrolling in music lessons can help your child conquer fear and even take risks. Studying music helps your child deal with anxiety, and dealing with anxiety early in life will make it easier for him to deal with future anxieties or apprehensions.
These are just some of the many benefits you can get if you let your child have musical training. You’ll certainly do him and yourself a big favor if you get him into this type of education early in life.