With each passing day, your child is growing in multiple ways, one of which is socially. Did you know that general attainment may be influenced by the impact that music has on personal and social development?
What you need to know
Playing an instrument can lead to a sense of achievement; an increase in self-esteem; increased confidence; persistence in overcoming frustrations when learning is difficult; self-discipline; and provide a means of self-expression in your child. These may increase motivation for learning in general thus, supporting enhanced attainment.
Participating in musical groups promotes friendships with like-minded people; self-confidence; social skills; social networking; a sense of belonging; team work; self-discipline; a sense of accomplishment; co-operation; responsibility; commitment; mutual support; bonding to meet group goals; increased concentration and provides an outlet for relaxation.
Increase in emotional sensitivity
Music has been linked to the capacity to increase emotional sensitivity. The recognition of emotions in music is related to emotional intelligence. Increasing the amount of music within the limit can increase social cohesion within the child, greater self-reliance, better social adjustment and more positive attitudes, particularly in low ability, disaffected pupils.
The positive effects of engagement with music on personal and social development will only occur if, overall, it is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.