This School Year, Nurture a Newly Resilient and Confident Child with Music
Learn the power of music education!
With students back in school, many parents are now looking for enriching after-school activities and kids are hoping to find their new favorite activity. This school year, what if we could help our children grow their confidence, hone their mindfulness, and build resiliency – all while learning a new skill and having fun?
After teaching music for the last several years, I’ve seen firsthand how powerful of a tool music is to cultivate these elusive skills. Music changes, comforts, and soothes us, and helps us find release and creativity. I encourage parents to learn more about the benefits of music education and consider what their child could gain by summer’s end as a result:
Mindfulness and music can be reciprocal. Listening to music and finding pitch helps children pinpoint specific sounds out of background noise, helping a child practice mindfulness and attentiveness. A study of parents with children in music lessons found 85% of them perceived that after one year in music lessons their children had greater ability to keep at tasks until finished, even when they viewed that task as difficult.
Improved Social Skills
Studies repeatedly demonstrate that music education helps children with confidence and their own unique identity. Working with a supportive teacher or being part of a small ensemble can build social skills, which is key to becoming a self-assured adult. Many schools, including New World Music Academy, offer performance opportunities in small and large group settings. Though never required, performing in front of peers and at recitals is a great opportunity to practice public speaking, presentation, and communication skills, allowing students to build up to performing on a stage or in front of a larger crowd.
Music study can be tough, but maintaining a nurturing and safe space for a student to make mistakes helps so much. When the time comes for them to take that step onstage, we have already helped them practice until they are ready, and prepared for stage fright and nerves, which transfers into other areas of their lives.
Learning a new skill requires perseverance, discipline, and motivation. Being interested in the activity, like a new instrument, is a powerful way to help children develop intrinsic motivation and discipline over time. This is great practice for the challenges your children will encounter later in life and can help prepare them for the real world. We teach students to complete assignments and tasks that will advance their skills, just like adults at their jobs. Sometimes tasks are fun, sometimes they require more discipline and attention, but learning how to turn work into excitement, validation, and joy is part of learning. Our students learn to be accountable for their own progress.
If you have children in your life who may benefit from a deeper connection to mindfulness, improved self-esteem, and more social ease, music programs can help hone these and other important life skills while having fun. I encourage parents to ask around and find the teacher or school that is the right fit for their child. It will be a gift for life.
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About the Author:
Kiki Lieow, or Ms. Kiki as her students know her, has over 29 years of teaching experience and has participated in numerous piano teaching workshops and piano pedagogy symposiums. Her passion for piano teaching has continuously inspired her to excel in her teaching skills, especially with regard to young children. Kiki offers piano lessons to students starting from as young as 3 years old. Her style of teaching is creative, fun, and inspiring. She has performed in Japan and Malaysia. Visit New World Music Academy to learn more or sign up for a class with Ms. Kiki.