Here are a few reasons to study a musical instrument, such as piano, and the corresponding benefits to any student. Whether your child simply enjoys playing an instrument or has professional aspirations, no kid ought to be discouraged. To discourage musical exploration and passion in the name of practicality will dim their flame, and that’s the worst thing you can do to a kid.
Top reasons for music study
MUSICAL KIDS ARE HARDY
Musical kids are hardy. They get that way sitting on a freezing bus at five in the morning going to a band or orchestra competition. They practice for countless hours. They compete, lose, compete, win and then compete and lose again. You think your hardy kid is going to be daunted by a tough job market?
Musical Kids Know About Focus
Musical kids know about focus. They know about giving up good things (time hanging out with their friends or playing video games, e.g.) to reach their longer-term goals. A kid who is good enough to get into music school and get through it will have no trouble reaching their other goals, whether they want to run a bank one day or create a whole new musical genre. Support their goals — then stand back and watch them surpass them!
NO RISK IF EDUCATION AFFORDABLE
If you choose a program that you can afford without student loans, your child will have incurred no risk in pursuing their musical passion. If your child wants to work for a multinational corporation upon graduation or at any point in their career, they will get hired fast. Corporations know how smart and capable musical kids are.
MUSICAL TRAINING ALL ABOUT PATIENCE
Music instruction is all about patience and listening. Over and over, music students are told “Listen to your tone. Listen to this phrasing. Is that what you’re going for?” They know how to tune in. They know how to make course corrections. If the kid doesn’t land a plum job working for a symphony orchestra straight of of school — and they won’t — they know how to put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.
QUALITIES THE REAL WORLD VALUES
The real world favors confidence, tenacity and an entrepreneurial outlook — three things every music student cultivates.
MUSICAL KIDS ARE SCRAPPY
Musical kids are scrappy. They know how to improvise when they forget notes, forget a piece of concert attire or lose a page from their sheet music. Managing a career these days is all about improvisation. That is something all of us could learn from music students!
SOME MUSICIANS ACTUALLY HAPPY
It is insulting to tell your child “Being a musician is a sure path to poverty.” Some musicians are poor, and others are fabulously wealthy. Some musicians are unhappy, but so are vast hordes of cubicle dwellers. Let your kid figure out their own path to a happy, successful life that never puts a lower value on their health and happiness than on their financial well-being.
YOUR HEART WILL BURST WITH PRIDE
When your son/daughter auditions, your heart will burst with pride. The love and anxiety parents feel as they stand outside a closed audition room listening through the door and praying for their child is a mighty force. When your they win a competition or get an acceptance letter to study, you will marvel at having raised a musician with the talent and proficiency to study under master teachers.
ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR JOURNEY
When your son/daughter comes home on their first break, you’ll be struck by the improvement in their playing. You’ll see them maturing before your eyes — stepping into a personal power as a performer and a person making a mark on the planet. You can’t do better for your child than to encourage them in that journey.