As a homeschool parent, you likely want to give your children an amazing childhood full of incredible, educational experiences. However, with so many wonderful options to choose from, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed when it comes to helping your children choose what to do next.
While classes of all kinds should be taken throughout the course of a child’s education in order to broaden their horizons, a music class should be a strong and steady part of their curriculum each and every year. Therefore, if you and your kids are having a hard time deciding what to do next, a music course is a wonderful choice, and should remain on the schedule for years to come.
Music offers a great number of benefits, on both an academic level and a personal level, and it is an art that will be used time and again throughout the life of your young student. Whether you choose a guitar class, percussion lessons, or a simple music theory class, your children are sure to grow leaps and bounds through the addition of a music class to your lesson plan.
Below we have put together a list of amazing benefits your child may receive from music lessons. While some of these benefits apply only to certain types of music lessons, others are all-encompassing.
The first—and one of the most beautiful—things a music education has to offer is an incredible creative outlet. While the beginning of a music course will likely focus on the basics of reading music and making the proper sounds with an instrument, soon enough your child will be fluent enough to begin expressing themselves through their music.
From expressing moods and deep emotions in pre-written pieces to writing music of their very own, all musicians find ways to release their deepest thoughts and feelings through their art. You may even be surprised to learn just how powerful a young person’s feelings can be as you hear them put into song form.
Music is incredibly mathematical. Counting rhythms, overlapping notes, and switching from one time signature to the next all require a great deal of number play. This helps the student understand math and how it applies to the real world. It gives them reason to learn more about mathematical concepts, and gives the whole world of mathematics a new and more important place in their life.
Obviously, for these reasons, music is an excellent way to help children think in a more mathematical way. It is also a great way to help them develop a deeper appreciation for the subject matter.
Any performer will tell you that the best way to get better at performing is to get out on stage. While this might sound crazy to the reserved individual, it is absolutely true. The more one performs, the better they will become at presenting themselves.
This is just as true for the musician as it is for the dancer or actor, meaning a young musician is likely to become much more comfortable on stage than most other people. Additionally, they will understand how to present themselves to a crowd and how to overcome any fear they may have about being judged by others. Both are incredible skills to have later in life.
While this doesn’t really apply to the solo artist, a musician who performs in a band or ensemble is likely to acquire some pretty amazing teamwork skills. After all, making music sound nice requires some pretty hard work and some give-and-take on the part of everyone in the group.
The teamwork acquired by making music in a group is sure to be used time and time again throughout the life of the young musician, making it an invaluable tool.
Potential for Healing
While there is absolutely no arguing the healing powers of music when it comes to our emotions, it is possible that music is even more powerful than we once realized. This power can be found in the 6 frequencies of the ancient Solfeggio scales. Each of these frequencies is said to have a healing power of its own, and the full scale is said to assist in all types of healing and repair.
The Loop is currently working on establishing classes focused on these scales in order to allow musicians young and old to learn them for use in their day-to-day lives and healing.
If your student is ready to jump into the incredible world of music, we do hope you will consider doing so here at The Loop. Our amazing music teachers, Sean Stoneman, Gus Weaver, and Cory Moon offer some pretty amazing courses that are sure to get your family excited about music. Contact us today for more information!