This post was written in partnership with BYJU’S FutureSchool.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a parent who would not do everything in their power to provide the best foundation for their child’s growth and success. While there are many different tools and paths available that aid in a child’s development, there tends to be one path in particular that rarely gets the shine that it deserves: enrolling your kid in music class.
While lots of parents appreciate music, many do not realize the cognitive benefits of having a child take up a musical instrument beyond simply looking cool while rocking out. From aiding self-esteem issues to language comprehension, here are 3 huge developmental benefits for enrolling your child in music class.
Music Education Aids Memory
In a study from 2018, children aged 8 to 12 who were encouraged to learn a musical instrument and take music classes were shown to have significant improvement when it comes to memory retention in both music and non-musical subjects. Furthermore, two studies from Stanford University showed that adults who started a musical education at around the age of 7 were found to have a higher degree of language comprehension overall.
Music Helps Socialization
As anyone who has hung out at rock clubs or karaoke bars can tell you, there is nothing quite as bonding as a shared love of music but music education also holds the promise of improved socialization. Studies have shown that getting into music between the ages of eight and 12 can also greatly improve a child’s social skills and emotional development. This improved socialization is made greater as playing an instrument can lead to a sense of achievement which in turn can positively impact a child’s self-esteem. Playing music with others has even been linked with children’s development of empathy.
Studying Music Fuels Educational Curiosity
Getting the chance to learn music at a young age also has pronounced benefits on a child’s overall education going forward. Data compiled by The College Board found that students who enrolled in music education earlier wound up having greater educational success later in life, with one statistic showing double-digit improvements in standardized test scores above the average in mathematics, writing, and reading. According to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive, those who set out to learn an instrument in childhood were found to be more likely to pursue postgraduate degrees after college and even to have higher working incomes.
Of course, looking for a music education program that is innovative, stimulating, and yet also performed safely can feel challenging in this day and age. Hearing the call, our partners at BYJU’S FutureSchool this fall launched Perform with Music, an interactive online program where children can learn piano and guitar straight from their home without the need for an instructor in your house, and no travel required. This COVID-friendly online course makes the perfect holiday gift for children and parents alike, as BYJU’S FutureSchool also expanded its courses for novices at every level, ages 6+, so that family units can go through the process of learning how to play an instrument together. From BYJU’S child-friendly Discovery Module to the adult-tailored Starter Module, these two curricula are suitable and accessible for any skill level as they teach the building blocks of music composition and comprehension at your own pace.
Just in time for the holidays, BYJU’S FutureSchool is offering its entry-level music courses for just $ 1 throughout the month of December as part of their Discover the Gifts of Music campaign, aimed at helping novices of all ages learn new skills and develop a passion for music that promotes creativity and stress reduction. The brand is even hosting an exclusive giveaway where eligible participants have the chance to win an acoustic guitar or keyboard in the new year. No purchase necessary, see eligibility requirements.
Enrolling a child in music class not only introduces them to the wide world of music, it gives parents the opportunity to engage their child in something that will benefit and enrich their lives for years to come. Learn more at BYJU’S FutureSchool today.