Studies show that 20% of children learn to play music while 70% of adults wish they had. This is no surprise because, as adults, we recognize that music education promotes intellectual development, self-confidence, and maturity.
Plato said, “I would teach children music, physics and philosophy, but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys for learning.” Tweet this quote!
What Does Research Say?
Research has consistently shown that students who learn to play a musical instrument perform better at school compared to their peers who do not. They especially excel in academic areas like science, mathematics, and language. This academic achievement relates to early music instruction, which enhances cognitive development in children, increasing their ability to be better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Researchers at Concordia University found that children who were practicing a musical instrument before age 7 had an observable increase of connections between motor and sensory regions of the brain. Here are additional details about the study.
How Does Music Education Impact Character Development?
Childhood music education not only promotes intellectual growth, but it also encourages healthy character development, especially in the areas of emotional and relational maturity. Affording your child the opportunity of music education will have a positive impact on their self-esteem, benefiting all areas of life. Music instruction allows students to learn how to set and work toward achieving goals, which instills confidence and creates rewarding experiences. Research also shows that children develop their social skills through music by learning how to relate to others, working as a team, and developing the ability to offer and receive honest praise and feedback.
Why Formal Music Education?
There are many ways to get your child involved in music. The Suzuki Method is one of many high-quality educational pathways to providing your child with a musical foundation. Learning how to play a musical instrument as a child is an enriching experience that develops skills for a rewarding life. Not only does learning a musical instrument have developmental benefits, it is a fun and exciting journey where lifelong friendships are made!
What Makes Buffalo Suzuki Strings unique?
Buffalo Suzuki Strings offers lessons for a variety of instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, and harp. With expert teachers and a beautiful facility, Buffalo Suzuki Strings really has a community feel, whether you are at group classes on Saturday morning or taking lessons throughout the week or on tour with the Friendship Touring Ensemble. If you’re interested in starting lessons, we’d love to help you set up a tour of our facility and answer any questions you have about music lessons for one or more of your children. Contact us today and we’ll help you get started!
Assistant Executive Director and Violin Instructor at Buffalo Suzuki Strings