Music and Learning – Boost Your Childs Self-Esteem and Social Skills with Musical Tuition

We’ve come to the final part of our current series of blogs on music and learning and this week we’re looking at how learning to play a musical instrument can benefit a child’s social skills and their self esteem. If you missed the last blog on the fascinating links between playing a musical instrument and its benefits for creative thinking then check it out on our website for a recap and don’t forget if you’d like to discuss musical tuition for your child, then please get in touch

It was Aristotle who said: ‘music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.’ There’s no doubting that music has many important benefits especially for children, as we’ve uncovered over our series of blogs on music and learning, but its role in boosting confidence and improving social skills is just as important as its role in areas such as IQ and memory.

As many parents know, low self-esteem or issues with social skills can be detrimental to a child’s development and can lead to negative experiences in school life, so could learning to play a musical instrument help?

Anecdotally there is lots of evidence to support the claim. By learning to play a musical instrument, children begin to set and achieve goals for themselves and ultimately feel a great sense of pride and boosted sense of self-esteem when they learn a new piece of music.

According to Beth Luey and Stella Saperstein, authors of The Harmonious Child: Every Parent’s Guide to Musical Instruments, Teachers, and Lessons; mastering this new skill allows the child to experience the sensation of doing something entertaining for themselves and others. And ‘as they learn additional skills that allow them to play well, their self-esteem will increase, as they discover they are able to reproduce musical selections on his or her instrument.’ In other words, each time a child practices a piece of music they will visibly see their abilities improve, achieving important goals along the way. Of course it won’t always go right, but this act of learning and overcoming obstacles will help them feel an innate send of satisfaction, which in turn boots how they feel about themselves. Ultimately it should help give them the confidence they need to interact more positively with their peers, have the self-assurance to participate in classroom debates and feel better able to deal with social situations.

Indeed, according to the UK Governments National Plan for Music Education; ‘a number of studies have demonstrated the positive impact music can have on personal and social development, including increased self-reliance, confidence, self-esteem, sense of achievement and ability to relate to others,’ all of which are crucial skills children need to develop over their lives.

There’s also the very real element of performance, whether it’s in a recital setting, for an exam, or just for family and friends, the act of getting up and playing a musical instrument in front of a group of people, is something that takes huge amounts of confidence. When a child has taken the time to practice their instrument in a positive learning environment, they take that boost of achievement and channel it into the ability to perform, which could have far reaching positive effects for them throughout their lives.

Have you noticed your child’s self-esteem boosted since they began to learn a musical instrument?





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