Did you know that children who receive musical training have less behavioral issues and actually have increased brain functionality that crosses from their musical skills to academics? According to an article written by Dr. Jeremy Dean for PsyBlog studies have demonstrated that children and adults with musical training have higher levels of brain functioning in key areas, which the studies point that this higher levels of executive brain functioning transfers over to academic performance.
The question is what does this mean for you as a parent? This means that if your child is struggling academically and behaviorally then musical training should be a component of helping your child make the changes needed to improve his or her behavior and academic performance. This does not mean that as soon as children start taking music lessons that their behavior will automatically improve and that their grades will just improve. What it means is that musical training is a component to help children improve the manner in which their brains function.
There are many sources for getting music lessons for children. I first suggest to check your local area for music teachers. You can also try your child’s school but many public schools have discontinued their music programs. There are also a plethora of videos on YouTube that provide music lessons for children.
Music lessons is just another tool to help give your child the best opportunity possible to be successful. It is a chance for children to develop and master a skill that may become a passion or not but with the benefits that music training provide it seems like win-win scenario for parents and children.
In terms of instruments I would suggest something that everyone in the family could play if cost is an issue. One such instrument would be a keyboard, which is an instrument that is relatively inexpensive and something that adults and children can learn to play, which would make music learning a family activity. The best thing to do is explore and find the best options for you although I have provided a few ideas I am sure that there are many more options out there.