Do you have a Musical Instruments in your house ? Do you know the Benefits of having it in your house or in the surrounding ? Read out this to know amazing facts about this .
Archaeological digs have uncovered many artifacts and given us clues as to how people lived in ancient times in many different cultures around the world. One thing that is consistent within most of these cultures is evidence of musical instruments.
One can only imagine, even today, a Mother or Father singing a lullaby or attending some ceremony or other in which music is involved. Music is part of our society. Modern society today offers some of the easiest access to music, from listening to learning. But, how does a person get their hands on an instrument and the desire to learn it?
A friend of mine would argue that loving and playing music starts in the home. He has always had musical instruments in his house. His kids grew up playing “with” them as small children, making sounds, and generally treating them like toys. As they grew older, those play times and “sounds” matured into musical sounds, feelings and sharing with friends. But before I finish that story… are there really any actual benefits to anyone having musical instruments in their house? There certainly seems to be many articles and studies supporting the benefits of “learning” a musical instrument.
The Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California conducted a five-year study published in the journal, “Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience”. They set out to see how music instruction affected a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The results were positive.
Wow, that sounds impressive, you might say, but what’s that have to do with my Grandad’s old warped guitar sitting in the corner of the basement have to do with this?
Well, another part of the story I started talking about earlier has to do with another acquaintance of mine who turned around one day while making lunch for her four year old son, only to discover he had carried her expensive violin into the kitchen with him. Unfortunately, this did not go over well. She regrets leaving it in reach, and most of all on how she reacted that day.
These two stories remind me of a concert I watched on TV a while ago where the famous English band, “Coldplay” was performing. The lead vocalist and piano player made a nice comment to the audience thanking his parents and how he would always be so grateful to them for letting him and his friends dismantle and generally abuse out of curiosity that poor old piano they had in the basement. It was a great concert and like a lot of musicians, they made it look easy. Being a guitar player myself, I can attest to the effort that goes into learning how to play an instrument.
From singers to violinists on our website Awesong.in, many people can attest to times in their life when they felt a great sense of satisfaction at having completed something that was very difficult for them to do. For a good number of those people, that first sense of accomplishment may have been conquering a tough piece of music or just learning that first chord on a guitar that seemed not achievable. But they persevered and won.
As children, they may have performed live on stage at a school assembly or some event. That can be a very fearful event for people, but if they practiced and practiced at home, a sense of confidence sends them forward to help them perhaps sing and perform.
Many households will hold “family concerts” where members of the family get together for performances from the youngest to the oldest. The very youngest may only mimic playing with their chosen instrument. It can be encouraged for them to “play along” with others who have already reached a certain level of proficiency. It is fun (and sometimes surprising at how well Grandma plays the piano).
Learning to play a musical instrument can be the vehicle for many positive life skills in children and adults.
- Freedom of expression
- Communication skills
- Sense of accomplishment
- Hard work does pay off
- Logical thinking
- Organizational skills
At first you won’t succeed (success is not instant-even more important in today’s fast-paced demanding society) It’s ok and natural to make mistakes (how we learn).
Lifelong creative outlet
The list goes on, and don’t forget about those scientific studies showing actual differences in certain aspects of a child’s growth between those that play an instrument and those that don’t.
Do we suddenly just want to start playing music at some point? How does it happen? I think the availability of instruments in a house can really help to make positive things happen for children and adults. However, there is a responsibility for parents to provide a positive and nurturing environment around those musical instruments because those instruments have the power to improve someone’s life. Well, although my two friends’ experiences we read about earlier were somewhat different, there are positive vibes from both stories. (Oh, by the way, the little boy is now the proud owner of a durable plastic ukulele. He keeps it in his toy box.)
About the Author
Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, “brains behind” and teacher on JazzGuitarLessons.net, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar. He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.