The benefits for children to play a musical instrument are monumental. Playing a musical instrument can be a challenge but is very rewarding for both the child and the parents. It is a great accomplishment that has wonderful long term affects on a person.
New studies have shown the changes in the brain that takes place improves the ability to detect changes of emotion, in sound, such as in music or conversation. These children are also able to detect very subtle changes. Which in turn enhances oral communication in children.
According to a 2001 College Entrance Examination Board, studies have also shown children that play a musical instrument do better in school. They continually receive higher scores in reading and math. Playing an instrument may also improve a child's IQ.
A child that plays a musical instrument has higher self esteem. Learning to play an instrument is a very tough task to accomplish. When a child masters that song they have been trying to learn gives then a great sense of self worth. It is also something not all their classmates are able to do, so they feel special in a sense.
A child is more disciplined and able to focus when they learn to play a musical instrument. Children are more liable to sit still for a longer period of time, focusing on their instrument, because it is fun and something they want to do. It requires concentration and listening to the instructor. When a child masters those skills while learning to play an instrument it is much easier for them to apply that to the classroom in school.
For some children it may be a great stress reliever. Your may be able to forget the stresses they may have at school or at home and fully put their mind into the music they are playing.
Studies have shown the earlier the age that children begin to play music, the more developed their nervous systems were. The benefits of playing an instrument is also great for children with autism and dyslexia. Since the part of the brain children with autism and dyslexia have trouble translating, is the same part of the brain playing and instrument develops and stimulates.