Want to make your kids smarter? You don’t have to hire a private tutor, stress over every A-, and stuff their schedule with extracurriculars. All you need to do is give into their rockstar dreams. That’s right. If you want to boost your child’s brain, all that’s needed is an instrument and some music lessons.
How Music Boosts Brain Power
Studies show that playing a musical instrument improves IQ, boosts test scores, and (for those adult musicians out there) delays the effects of aging. When kids learn to play an instrument, their brains begin processing on a different level. Learning a musical instrument rewires kids brains, making them able to process sounds they couldn’t otherwise hear.
What’s the catch? Your child has to want to play. Kids who suffer through “boring” music lessons and kids who are forced to learn instruments they don’t want to play will display minimal benefits from learning to play an instrument. It’s active engagement in music — not only lesson attendance, but also the physical act of creating music — that elevates kids’ brain functions. According to a study by Northwestern University, kids who learn to play instruments display marked mental improvement over kids who attend Music Appreciation classes but don’t play.
So how can you keep your kids interested in playing music? Follow their passions. Discover what it is about music that captures their interest, whether it’s a specific instrument, a specific composer, or even composing themselves. Encourage their passion for music by supporting their concerts, practicing smart, and letting them join a band of their peers.
To learn more about music lessons and kids rock bands in Alpharetta, call Music Matters.