Learning to play the guitars has all sorts of benefits for a growing child. From self confidence to finger dexterity, it not only improves you physically but also mentally. Music has been proven to improve brain function, cognitive thinking as well as providing more overall happiness.
I learned to play guitar with a used guitar, it was a used ESP guitar in Canada we found at a garage sale. I still have it to this day.
Here are 5 great reasons to introduce your child to the guitar.
1. Playing guitar provides a Healthy Hobby for Your Child
Playing guitar can be a healthy hobby for children because it is a physical activity that could help them to grow their social skills and develop their communication skills. It also helps them to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
In this article, I will discuss why playing the guitar is a good hobby for children and what benefits they get from it. I will also highlight the importance of giving children something to do in order to avoid overuse of technology.
Playing the guitar is an enjoyable hobby that can be both beneficial and harmful for your child’s development. It is important to remember that with any activity, too much time spent on it could be detrimental as well as beneficial so the best thing you can do as a parent is just give your child options!
2. Playing guitar encourages Creativity in Children and Boosts Confidence
A new study found that playing guitar and listening to music boosts children’s creativity and confidence.
The study was conducted by the University of Oxford, St George’s, University of London, and the Royal College of Music and found that children who play an instrument for at least 3 months show increased creativity and self-esteem.
According to Dr. Amanda Sheffield, a senior lecturer in psychology at St George’s, “The findings suggest that musical engagement can contribute to children’s personal development in a wide variety of ways.”
3. Playing guitar gives Your Child an Advantage in Arts-Focused Elementary Schools
Playing guitar may give your child an advantage in arts-focused elementary schools. Arts are becoming a more important part of the curriculum, according to the National Association for Music Education.
But kids who play guitar don’t have the same advantage as those who study music theory or sing in choir. There’s no instrument that gives a higher probability of admission, according to Michael Urso, head of admissions at The Juilliard School.
However, this doesn’t mean that if you want your child to develop his/her musical skills and have an advantage when applying to an arts-focused school, they should start playing guitar now.
4. Playing guitar improves Brain Activity & Social Skills
These two games have been used to improve social skills, spatial reasoning, and general cognition in children.
Guitar Hero improves motor skills by improving finger dexterity, and teaching a sense of rhythm through the physical act of playing the guitar.
Rockband improves spatial reasoning and general cognition through its physical focus on the bass drum pedal, guitar neck, and singing.
5. Playing guitar builds Self-Esteem with Practicing and Performance Success
Playing guitar can be a great way to build self-esteem. It is a skill that builds with practice and performance success.
Playing the guitar is often seen as a hobby for those who want to escape reality or for those who would like to play music in front of an audience. But there is another side to playing guitar, it can be used as a tool for self-expression and building confidence. The instrument helps one develop skills that are needed in the workforce such as leadership, creativity, and teamwork.