Build Creative, Patient & Resilient kids with Music
Our children are living in an instant and idealistic world. We can capture a moment and can share it instantly with anyone we choose across the globe. We can crop, filter, and alter our images with a simple click.
Our children are surrounded by marketing and advertising campaigns that highlight how much they need the ’latest trend item’ now! They are surrounded by the unrealistic expectations of social media and are living two or more lives at once - their real and virtual life (and perhaps a secondary virtual existence in the social media accounts of others).
Want to watch a movie? No need to wait, we can pick our movie at a click of a button and binge watch a whole series. Want to read a book? Purchase the instant download on the tablet device. The kids are hungry and we forgot to organise dinner. Never mind, we’ll get takeaway.
As a society, we are growing a generation of people who are not learning how to wait or be patient. A generation who at times lack resilience when things don’t go their way straight away.
However, not everything is instantaneous. They want to play piano (or any instrument)? Chances are, it’s not going to happen overnight. As a music teacher and a mother, I strongly believe that music can help us overcome these downsides of our technological advances. While music may not be the only solution, participating in music lessons helps our children improve their patience. It takes time to learn an instrument. If your child who has just started an instrument decides they are no longer interested, encourage them to play some pieces they find fun or exciting. Encourage them to invest some more time and energy into learning something new before deciding that it isn’t for them. Be mindful that learning music, unlike many other things is not instantaneous, it takes time, dedication and energy.
It takes time to learn a song or piece of music. When learning an instrument, our kids learn to set aside time to practice their skills and improve. They set aside time to learn how to do something unfamiliar. They develop a positive habit of spending a regular amount of time learning a new skill, then improving and refining it for performance. Over time, they learn how to make sense of music notation, make sense of the instrument, the sound of the music and learn how they all interact. During this time, they learn how to respond to correction, suggestions and praise and are encouraged to think critically and creatively,
Other than music digital downloads or listening to an audio file, nothing about music education or performance is instant yet students keep coming back for more lessons. Why? Because it’s fun, they are growing and learning!
This isn’t where the benefits of music education stop. Our children learn to be resilient, learn to take risks and learn to have fun in performance. In a world that is painted through rose tinted glasses, they learn that it’s ok to make mistakes as long as one keeps moving forward. Through performing and participating in music, they learn about the joy of sharing music with others as well as the joy of sharing music with oneself in a quiet space. Participating in music equips students will the skills required to cope with unexpected situations or problem solve when situations are less than ideal. By encouraging our kids to work at something that takes time, dedication and effort, we are encouraging them to keep working on character traits which are often forgotten about or neglected in our instant download world. When students learn a new song, complete a music book or music grade, they experience the confidence boost of accomplishing something that didn’t happen magically or overnight, but took time, effort and practice.