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If you’re umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether or not to sign your child up for a musical instrument, read on for some reasons to consider it. The benefits of learning an instrument span from academic, social, home-life and virtue. 

1. They Will Enter The State Of Flow

What is the state of flow you ask? The state of flow occurs when you are in the zone! When we enter the state of flow, we lose all sense of time and find ourselves effortlessly working towards a goal. If something becomes too easy, we become bored. If a task becomes too difficult, we become agitated. It’s when a task’s difficulty is  a bit harder than our ability, we enter the state of flow. This isn’t only applicable to music, you can achieve a state of flow with anything you do in life if you participate in projects that challenge you to stretch yourself in a realistic way.

You may have noticed  your child spends hours and hours playing online games. More likely than not, your child is in the state of flow. This is because online gaming is very competitive, and gamers will always find players that can edge them on. Flow states are fantastic, but it’s a good idea to supervise them, so that your child doesn’t suddenly find themselves behind in their studies.

“Flow states are a wonderful thing. If you never get to have a flow state in your life, things can be very tedious, boring, and dry.” — Nathan Frazer

2. It Helps Build Discipline

Learning an instrument is not easy. It never has been, and it likely never will be. Many advertisements throughout social media will try and sell to you that, “Learning guitar is easy with this app”. But like anything you learn for the first time, it takes time, energy, and a whole lot of discipline! Learning an instrument from an early age will help your child understand that good things in life don’t come easily! To have and develop talents,  you must work hard and exercise discipline.

“Learning an instrument, you look at developing your fine motor skills. That needs a lot of work, training, dedication, and kids need to obviously be prepared to put in that time to develop those skills,” — Frank Romeo

3. It Sparks Creativity

Creative individuals think freely, they are always looking for a unique way of doing things. When you are truly creative, you believe anything is possible. This is a great mentality to instil in our young ones. When a child is learning an instrument, they are using both sides of the brain, at the same time, to complete that task.

“So basically, doing musical activities, that creative side of the brain is working just as hard as that language side of the brain. And, yeah, it becomes an obviously, it’s a highly creative skill. And you’re learning music, allows for more creativity to be explored.” — Frank Romeo

4. It Provides Joy to Others

When you learn an instrument, you don’t just learn songs for yourself. It can be an emotional outlet for others too. Through music, children will learn to think of others.

“You know, when we learn an instrument, we’ve got something to be able to go to in times of need or in times when things aren’t quite going right. We also learn an instrument just to be able to give other people some joy.” — Frank Romeo

This article was inspired by episode #19 Of The Parent-Teacher Project entitled Embracing Music With Our Children with Frank Romeo and Nathan Frazer.

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