We asked our friends at Clarke Tinwhistle, creators of the original tin whistle (the choice of beginners and professional musicians for over 170 years), to explain why learning a musical instrument is so good for children, and this is what they told us:
“By picking up a musical instrument, children can gain a variety of skills that will help them throughout their schooling, whilst keeping them engaged and entertained.
Maths & Literacy
Playing a musical instrument helps to strengthens and develop the parts of the brain that are related to numeracy and literacy. This makes it the perfect hobby for children who are learning these skill sets. Through counting notes, beats and scales, playing a musical instrument can help to develop a child’s maths skills; reading symbols has also been found to improve a child’s overall literacy skills.
Reciting songs and music helps to develop a child’s short and long-term memory, making it easier for them to remember and recall information. This is a very useful skill to have, especially when listening to their teacher in school!
Children who play a musical instrument have plenty of opportunities to get involved in music groups and bands, which allows them to make friends who share a common interest. Joining music groups also helps children to work as part of a team and improve their social skills.
When a child learns a new skill where their progress can be easily tracked, such as playing a musical instrument, their confidence grows every time they achieve one of their goals. This is helpful for primary school children who may not yet feel comfortable reading in front of their class, or performing to an audience.
If the musical instrument you and your child choose is challenging, affordable and easy to maintain, you can ensure that they gain these fantastic benefits whilst learning a fun new skill.”
Clarke Tinwhistle are giving away a free gift on our Facebook page this week.