The benefits of learning a musical instrument
One particularly enriching extracurricular activity is music. Let's consider why:
Learning to play a musical instrument demands total attention, with a child having to focus over an extended period of time. They will need to listen and learn from examples and then concentrate on replicating these notes themselves and remembering which ones come next in the melody.
Teaches the skills of application and practice
Consider learning the piano, a child will learn with one hand, then the other hand, then put the two together and eventually be able to work the peddle at the same time; a novice can't just sit down and understand how the dots and lines on the page create a tune.
The only way to develop these skills is by going over material again and again until it is fully understood, remembered and successfully applied.
Instils discipline and dedication
Children who begin learning a musical instrument at an early age have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills over time. They learn to be disciplined in their approach and experience that challenges can be overcome and goals can be reached with hard work and perseverance; valuable life-lessons to learn.
There are so many moments of personal gratification to be had when learning to play an instrument; each song learnt to play is a new feat mastered. These triumphs are extremely motivational and confidence boosting for a child, and help to foster in them a self-learning spirit as they go onto challenge themselves further to see what else they can achieve.
At first glance learning to play a musical instrument and the Kumon Maths and English Programmes may seem quite different, but music and Kumon do in fact have very similar effects on children because they both cultivate skills children continue to use throughout their lives.
The benefits of both activities pay off in the long term by putting children on the path to becoming confident, independent individuals, who have nurtured their passions and reached advanced levels in their disciplines, whether that be maths, piano, English, guitar or in any other subject or instrument.