Thursday, December 01, 2005

Can Learning Music Increase Your Child's Educational Skills

Does learning music really affect your child's ability to learn other subjects with greater ease? Current research would indicate yes, learning music is advantageous for your child. And while listening to music does provide social as well as emotional benefits, actually learning to read music and to play an instrument gives children the most educational benefits of all.

Research indicates that learning music helps children improve their skills in spatial-temporal reasoning. These particular skills are used directly in mathematics, a subject that many children have some level of difficulty with sooner or later. Apparently, learning music is a much more enjoyable way to develop spatial-temporal skills which can then be applied toward mathematics. With school funding cut backs often targeting arts programs first, your child's opportunity of learning music may be growing smaller. So what can you do about it?

Preschool age children are best introduced to learning music with simple percussion or blowing instruments. Simple toy versions of xylophones, castanets and kazoos will delight your child into learning music from the first time they open the box. Children can learn the teamwork skills necessary to form their own little band. Teamwork skills that will serve them well in every area of their lives.

Elementary school age children are ready for more of a challenge while learning music. The Concert Grand Piano by Schoenhut is more than a child's toy instrument. The width on these keys is the same as on an adult piano, so your child will actually be learning the proper finger stretch techniques as they are enjoying learning music. A colorful chart is also included to help your child learn how to play simple chords.

Who knows, perhaps learning music with these beginners instruments will not only help your child to develop valuable learning skills, but also launch them on a life long love of music.

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