WW #114: Why Music Lessons Matter


We’ve all heard about the positive effects of music on kids’ brain development. Some researchers claim that in learning how to play a piano, a child’s brain remains challenged, forced to stretch and grow. Music arises out of memory: to learn to play a song, a child must remember a series of notes, and then get their hands to do the work. None of this is easy, especially for the parents who are encouraging (and — let’s be honest — at times forcing) their kids to play.

We introduced each of our five children to music classes at the age of five, but now only three are playing. Our two oldest gave it up last year when their soccer practice times changed. I so much hope next year they will start again.

Here are Marielle, Beckett and Annaliese after their concert last week. My kids songs were among the most simple. They played early on; the kids playing later being more advanced. Yet who’s to care — I was so proud of them!music lessons for kidsInspired by the older, more adept pianists, my kids took to plunking the keys after the concert.kids learn how to play a pianomusic lessonsHere they are with their wonderful teacher Irina. Strict, Irina has high expectations. She expects the most out of her students.music classes for kidsApart from whatever people might say about the benefits of music or the benefits of piano for kids, what strikes me as crucial is the simple fact that playing the piano is just plain difficult. Life is difficult. Life throws us curveballs, disappointments, challenges that we learn to side-step as we keep moving forward. How good for kids to get used to doing things that don’t come easy from a young age!

Do your kids take music lessons and if not, what do they do that is challenging? Comment below and enter our weekly giveaway!

Gratefully,

Melissa

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  • Darcy Koch

    Music is expressed in so many ways–through song, through instruments, etc. I think it is a good choice to get your child interested in music.

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • natalie bradley

    I also took piano lessons at age5

  • Natalie

    Playing the piano helped me in all areas of my life, including school and sports.

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the chance!

  • shannon fowler

    My mom teaches, so we started playing young. It helps so much with things later on in life and other instruments are easy to pick up too.

    • Didn’t think of that – great point!

  • Tiff

    I took piano lessons as a young child and looking back it was an invaluable experience for me. Though I didn’t think so at the time.

    • Thanks for sharing that, Tiff!

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Never had any musical lessons as a child. Seems like it would be something you would treasure later in life.

    • I believe it is. Thanks for reading, Sandy!

  • I’m so glad I started piano lessons when I was young.

    • Glad to hear it! I think it’s worthwhile.

  • cynthiac

    I wish I had learned piano when I was young. My oldest son learned to play saxophone and my youngest took guitar lessons.

    • That’s great that your kids got to play! Thanks for reading!

  • Lisa

    This is great! It’s important that kids get involved with music.

  • Joyce Suurmeyer

    Even if I don’t play the piano now as an adult, music lessons taught me how to read music, and appreciate it.

  • Betsy Barnes

    My son played the violin and chello in jr. high. He enjoyed it, however, he lost interest after a few years.

  • Linda G.

    I wish I would have taken music lessons when young.

    • I really think they are worth doing!

  • Ed

    Adorable photos!

  • slehan

    I think music is so important. Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • carltodasco

    great music