I played the flute for four years in band more than five years ago. I’m trying to learn guitar and piano now. Maybe someday, I’ll even get back to the violin. I play the triangle pretty well, though. However, this isn’t about my experience with musical instruments. It’s about how my experience playing and learning musical instruments have impacted my learning in a trend that has been noticed in countless, maybe thousands or even millions, of people trying to learn an instruments.
In the relatively short amount of time that I played an instrument in band, which started when I was in fifth grade, I found that my academic growth grew with my musical growth. Playing the flute and learning all the notes and the structure of music helped better my focus. It also helped me improve my writing by allowing me to tap into the emotional depth of the music I tried to learn. This has been noticed by teachers throughout America. I even had a fourth grade teacher that had his class learn the recorder flute. I think that’s what mostly influenced by decision to learn flute in fifth grade, opposed to trumpet or clarinet, which were the other two instruments my elementary school was offering education for. However, this education was only available for fifth graders when learning an instrument at a younger age can help one more thoroughly develop mentally before middle school, or sixth grade, even starts.
I have a friend who is an amazing pianist. For as long as I have known her, and I have known her since kindergarten, she has been going to piano lessons. She still goes to piano lessons every Friday, over a decade later. She is a very intelligent individual, and I am proud to be her friend. Part of her experience with piano influenced her ability to comprehend information. She is a smart character.
I have another friend with an intellectual character actually researched, in depth, the effects of learning music on elementary students, some of them only a foot or two taller than a clarinet. He has told me that they have developed much more and he is extremely proud to have contributed to possible careers in music that may become eternal.
Sometimes, I wish that I had been in piano lessons or violin lessons when I was a little girl. It would be much easier to learn piano, guitar, and violin if I started learning when I was in maybe first or second grade, when I had more than enough time to spare for a lesson or two. Even though I am getting older, I still want to keep learning music because it doesn’t just make me feel smarter. It helps me be smarter.