Listening to music creates emotions, brings well-being, is good for morale and can even help relieve physical pain. Practicing it from an early age is also a great way to develop academic skills.
The idea is not new, and for several years studies on children (especially in the United States and Canada) show that learning music improves cognitive functions. Scientists have found that young children (aged 4 to 5) who practice music see their brain capacity and nervous system development greatly enhanced. Even very early music training, between 3 and four years old, can have many benefits for future learning.
Contributions to toddlers
If there is no age to begin the music, it is better to get started as soon as possible so that the brain benefits. Researchers from McMaster University (Canada) engaged 1-year-olds in interactive music lessons with their parents. The results of their work, published in 2012 in the journal Developmental Science, point out better sociability and motor skills, as well as their brain's responses to different tones more pronounced than in other little ones having only attended passive listening classes. Other studies have shown that children as young as four years old would benefit throughout their lives from learning a guitar at a young age. Researchers have discovered that when a child begins to learn to play the guitar or even sing, parts of his brain that control speech, memory, and fine motor skills are stimulated.
A faster progression of IQ
"Several studies have shown that musical practice improves working memory or short-term memory," says Hervé Platel, professor of neuropsychology at the University of Caen. And some works have highlighted effects on school learning: the capacities of attention and concentration are reinforced. "
Glenn Schellenberg, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto (Canada), proved in 2010 that young children's music practice makes it easier to develop their intelligence quotient (IQ). For thirty-six weeks, he studied 144 students aged 6, not yet enrolled in primary school and taking piano and singing lessons at the conservatory. The latter saw their IQ progress faster than that of children who did not take music lessons. He concludes that "music helps children to self-discipline and reflect, subjecting them to long periods of concentration, training and memorisation". This is confirmed by the Montreal psychologist Virginia Penhune and the neurologist Robert Zatorre, in their 2013 study published in the journal Journal of Neuroscience: "Learning to play the guitar requires the coordination of hands with visual or auditory stimuli. The practice of a guitar before the age of 7 undoubtedly stimulates the normal maturation of the connections between the motor and sensory regions of the brain, elaborating a framework that the continuation of the training consolidates. "
With an entry into kindergarten and early learning, young children see their IQ significantly increase. If they follow an initiation to music, their intellectual abilities will be developed. Do not assume that your child will be gifted at school if he takes music lessons, but his intellect will surely be stimulated and learning to read and calculate easier.
Personal development facilitated
Playing the guitar early would improve self-confidence. Besides, the self-discipline and determination required by the regular practice of a "learn to learn" instrument for children, who are more willing to work at school. These students are better able to concentrate and are more willing to listen, including in a noisy classroom. Musical learning is still a good way to learn to behave with others. Being part of an orchestra, for example, is a vector of integration. This promotes the artistic development of children but also helps to combat exclusion by upgrading their skills. To play rhythmically, the child must listen to others and show solidarity.
Learning a guitar early on has several advantages for a child:
- Concentration ability
- One learns to concentrate intensively on one thing for a longer time.
- Hand-eye coordination
- Reading notes and playing simultaneously greatly enhances hand-eye coordination and helps build dexterity.
- Playing the guitar inevitably connects to different styles and types of musical expression. This promotes the creativity of a child.
- Difficult places are often not played by the hand but learned by heart.
- As a musician, you inevitably meet new people and spend time with them. This gives a lot of support, especially during puberty.