First things first, we can all agree some kind of activity, whether it be music or art or athletics, should be part of a child’s development. It stimulates the brain, encourages routine, creates a sense of hard work, and hopefully, a form of discipline will take a hold of them. But why the violin? Why encourage your child to take violin lessons? Here’s a few great reasons –
1. It Improves Hand Coordination
I’m not talking hand-eye coordination. I’m talking manipulating both hands while accomplishing different tasks with each. In addition, their dexterity will improve the more they practice. And isn’t it better to occupy their hands with an instrument rather than game controller?
2. Music History = Done
Okay, that’s an exaggeration but an education in music history never ends! However, the basics will be. The classics will and should be all too familiar the longer they take lessons. Composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and many more. Great violinists like Paganini and Vivaldi. Now a child may not appreciate this knowledge right away but you will. And the more you encourage them to learn not only the violin but the history of the music they’re learning, you’ll be surprised at how quickly they take to not only the violin but also learning more about those who came before them.
3. Building Brain Muscle
This is an easy one. The brain acts like a muscle. If you want to build it and improve it, you’ve got to keep working it. And the best way to work it is through learning. There isn’t a better way to workout the brain of a developing child than learning an instrument, especially the violin (although learning a second language comes in second).
4. Routine and Discipline
To learn the violin requires commitment. Commitment demands practice. Practice necessitates a routine. And a routine generates a sense of self-discipline. Once that sense of self-discipline takes hold, you will see it carry over into other activities, especially school work.
Just listen to the great physicist Albert Einstein.
“If I were not a physicist,” he once said, “I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…. I get most joy in life out of music”
If you’re ready to enroll your child in violin lessons and get them on a path that helps them appreciate music while developing crucial development skills at a young age, please contact us or give us a call at 626.455.5397!