Music is a known healer. Scientists often present data from the studies proving its beneficial properties on the mind. If this applies to adults than it can also have positive effects on children.
Although as grown-ups, we like to believe that children are full of self-confidence and sure of themselves, that often is not the case. The child will more easily bounce and recover, but they will have a near-traumatic experience when it comes to self-esteem issues. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce music into the child’s life to boost confidence.
Music builds confidence
Your child starts to feel the music from their first lullaby. That is the first connection they form with it and it stays for the rest of their lives. Besides helping your child fall asleep, you are also teaching them about language. Just like this moment, children starting the first music lessons are learning how to believe in themselves and gain confidence. Having faith in your ability to be able to do something is the beginning of building self-esteem.
Music helps language development
If your child has problems with language and struggles to speak, they will have problems with self-esteem too. Most probably, they will shy away from conversations with other children considering this issue an impediment. Music is often used as a therapy for children with speech problems, like stuttering for example.
If your child has a problem with pronouncing words, then music will help them improve the language skills and proper enunciation. One of the great methods you can try is doing a sing along with your child. You can do this with the help of radio, TV or recorded music. This is fun and perfect for improving language skills at the same time.
Music promotes social skills
Music is perfect for the children to express themselves as a single unit and in a group. Being good at solo performance doesn’t mean that your children can handle themselves in a group. Learning how to depend on the team, as well as how other people depend on them is a great way to build self-esteem.
Music classes will also be great for the child to meet their peers and develop friendships with children who share their goal. Understanding – if coming from the peers or someone going through similar experience – is a valuable resource to build the social skills. Sharing thoughts and worries with someone who appreciates them is a basis for creating quality teamwork.
Music is competitive
Competition doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It will teach the child something about winning and losing. How they deal with failure and success will define the way they perceive themselves as participants in the everyday life. If they learn a proper way to handle failure from the young age, they will most likely develop self-esteem to go with their actions.
Failure is also usually the trigger to invest more work into something and expand the knowledge. Music competitions present a special talent and skill, something not everyone can possess. Criticism and review of their performance can teach them that feedback can be useful and manageable as positive.
Music makes your child self-aware
Performing in front of an audience is going to put your child on the spot. If they’re not self-aware, they won’t be ready to face the public performance and criticism of their skill. The best way to help your child be self-aware is by teaching them to observe music as more than a hobby. Accepting it as their talent and part of their personality will make them comfortable and therefore self-aware of the impression they live.
Music shows values to the teens
The moment your child develops strong beliefs, they will widen their value system. This will teach them about self-respect and how to compromise or how not to. Popular songs often talk about the feelings and issues which kids can recognize but can’t define properly. Understanding the basic principles of something being good or bad will help them build their values regarding a certain issue.
Music will have an important impact on your child’s world. Take rock and roll, for example. This music genre has influences children for generations. From their attitudes to looking at pianos for sale, children became passive and active participants on the music scene. Finding their place in the world through music, as aficionados and performers will help them better understand themselves and shape their values.
Music teaches responsibility
Every responsibility your child has in school is helping them to be more and more in control of their life. Constant challenges require that child takes some responsibility and respect it. If the child accepts the tasks and educational values behind it, they will be more capable and effective in the future dealings. With taking serious the responsibilities, the child gains control and achieves something in their own right.
“Music performance involves many cognitive, perceptual, and motor skills,” says Dr Mark Tramo, from Harvard Medical School. “These skills can be transferred to different kinds of intellectual activities. Music also allows you to put a lot of emotion into what you play or sing.”
Music won’t be a solution to all the problems and challenges your child will face. It is no panacea and doesn’t have all the answers. Nevertheless, it will certainly help them to build self-esteem to better handle themselves in those situations.
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