Parents Provide Favor By Forcing You to Take Music Lessons
Were you forced to play a musical instrument as a child? While you might have hated going to regular piano lessons or being forced to play an “uncool instrument”, your parents were actually doing you a favor. New studies have found that there are significant physical and mental health benefits for individuals that learned how to play a musical instrument in their childhood.
The study analyzed the brain scans of 232 children between the age of 6 and 18. They were looking for a relationship between the children’s cortical thickness and musical training. Other studies had revealed that anxiety, depression, and attention problems, and aggression all negatively affected cortical thickness. Therefore, the study wanted to find out if musical training changed the cortical thickness in a more positive way.
Music Training Makes Children Well-Balanced
The study found that the more a child was trained on a musical instrument the more cortical organization they had in attention skills, anxiety management, and control over their emotions. The study also found an increase in thickness in parts of the brain that were related to working memory, attention span, and organizational skills. Overall, music training from a young age helped a child develop into a better well-rounded person. Even more amazing, music training could be an efficient treatment for cognitive disorders, such as ADHD.
Music Is Not Being Taught in Schools
With the amazing benefits of musical training, you would think that many schools would make music lessons a priority. However, about 75 percent of high school students say they never or rarely receive musical training. Music is seen as non-essential by the school districts, and therefore money is not budgeted towards it. Sadly, musical training affects students more than just with the ability to play an instrument. Students are missing out on the benefits mentioned earlier, as well as many more. Musical training helps children better solve complex math problems, improve their reading and language skills, and it can even benefit children who are learning English as a second language. Musical training has even been shown to make children more civically engaged.
Musical training is an important one for all kids. The school systems will probably not incorporate musical training anytime soon, so the task falls on the parents. Your child does not have to become a great musician in order to benefit from musical training. In fact, just sticking with regular lessons will give them all the mental and educational benefits they need.