It’s certainly important for young people to pursue a hobby outside of school, because doing so will give them the opportunity to explore their passions, learn new skills and just spend their time doing something they enjoy. Learning an instrument is one example of a hobby that offers many benefits for children. For instance, they will learn the importance of commitment and hard work. I have teamed up with a prep school in London to explore the benefits of music lessons in further detail below…
As your child becomes more proficient at their chosen instrument and begins to play in front of other people, they will become increasingly more confident. This is especially true when they start receiving praise and applause. Confidence is important because its what helps children feel comfortable taking risks, trying new things and meeting new people.
Teaches Time Management
The ability to juggle one’s time effectively is an important skill that even adults require whilst at work. If your child learns an instrument they will need to factor in their lessons and practise, as well as their other commitments, like homework and family time. They will start to understand how to prioritise and perhaps make certain sacrifices. Universities and employers tend to look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate good time management skills and commitments outside of their normal schooling.
Improves Mental Health
School can be stressful, and children need to take their mind off the pressure from time to time so that they don’t feel overwhelmed. Learning an instrument has a calming effect and gives youngsters a break from their normal routine, while also providing them with a creative outlet to express themselves.
While there are obviously many benefits to learning an instrument, it won’t have the same effect if your child isn’t interested. Talk to them and figure out how they would prefer to spend their time; perhaps they would be better suited to a sport or other extra-curricular activity. Don’t force them to learn an instrument just because you think it will be good for them, as this will be a waste of everyone’s time.