Should I Encourage My Child to Learn an Instrument?

Music is loved by all ages and learning to play a musical instrument offers a huge number of benefits to a child’s development.

Music can be used to motivate, improve memory and even help to relax children. I have collaborated with a School for Young Musicians in Hertfordshire to share more of the benefits associated with learning a musical instrument…


Playing a musical instrument is a great way to exercise your child’s memory. In fact, research shows that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different parts of the brain. Just look at children’s songs and nursery rhymes. They all include repetition and rhyming. These means they are not only enjoyable, but they help children with recognition and memorisation.

Playing an instrument involves a lot of dedication to reach the top grades. Working towards these grades can be very motivational for children. In addition, when a child is able to perform in front of others this can really help to boost their confidence.

Music is so beneficial for children’s mental health because it can be used to relax and de-stress. Playing an instrument can also have a calming effect, because it encourages children to focus on timing and notes. This focus allows children to take a break from any worries they may have.

Playing a musical instrument is an ideal way to develop a child’s coordination and motor skills. The piano is an excellent example of this. When playing the piano children need to use both hands to play different keys, use the foot pedal and read the music - all at the same time!

Children who learn how to play a musical instrument at an early age have a much better chance of developing their skills into a professional career. This practice and dedication will help to teach them how to reach their goals throughout life, through hard work and perseverance.

*Collaborative Post