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How Is Music Training Beneficial For Kids

Music education early in life has been proven to help children attain their maximum cognitive, social and creative potential. Children with musical training exhibit improvement in speech, reading, comprehension, expression and more. This is primarily due to the activation of nearly the entire neural subsystem in the brain caused by musical activity. Given the impact of music on brain and how that reflects in a child’s academic performance and social behavior, it is worth being incorporated as a part of child’s curriculum.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of musical education in detail:

1. Language Development
Music greatly improves the reading, speaking and understanding faculties of a child as it develops the left side of the brain which is responsible for processing language.  It works on a child’s phonological ability helping him/her identify the beginning and end of syllables and words better. Musically trained kids learn new words faster and develop a richer vocabulary. They also start reading sooner than their peers.

2. Creativity
Engaging kids in musical activity improves the communication between the right and left hemispheres of their brains. This fosters creativity. Creativity is one of the top five skills that modern day employers consider when recruiting. Thus it can be safely concluded that children with higher creativity might have brighter futures in the work arena.

3. Empathy And Social Awareness    
The link between music and empathy can be attributed to better verbal intelligence as a result of playing music. A child’s ability to listen and identify nuances of speech makes him sensitive to the slightest changes in the human voice indicating mood and emotion. Empathy and social awareness help a child thrive at home, at school and at work as an adult.

4. Higher IQ And Improved Academic Performance
Kids involved in a music education program tend to perform better at school, have higher IQ and better working memory than kids who don’t. Improved working memory helps kids in mental arithmetic and reading comprehension. These kids are more focused and self-disciplined.

5. Health And Resilience
Introducing kids to music at a young age develops a life-long love for the art and this keeps them mentally agile as they age. With improved cognitive function, their brains are better at recovering from neurological problems like autism, Parkinson’s disease, stuttering and delays the onset of dementia.

6. Active Brain
The brains of children engaged in music education have higher neural activity than the brains of those who are not into musical training. Playing a musical instrument makes the brain work harder as a consequence of which it stays smarter and sharper.

7. Stress Relief

Musical training provides the much needed release that kids need after a stressful day at school. It is a mental retreat of sorts. Music uplifts the mood and relaxes the brain. It is a fulfilling and calming activity.

We, at Boys & Girls Clubs Of Central Texas, offer a wide range of programs for kids from 6 to 18 years of age. To enroll your child at the club, call at (254) 699 – 5808 or visit 304 W Ave B, Killeen, TX – 76541.

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