Life long benefits
Some parents are sometimes caught in the net as to what they really want for their children. Most parents tend to look for: good self-esteem and self expression, good self-discipline, individual creativity, good academic and social skills. A child who is involved in any music program will develop the following life skills:
Perseverance: Learning how to play a musical instrument is a long term endeavor. The child will learn how to overcome obstacles; this takes time and effort, which also reinforces patience.
Self Expression: When a child learns by experience that creating music links one's self to the world, self-expression becomes more fluent. The child discovers his/her innate creativity.
Confidence: When a child succeeds in playing a musical instrument, confidence develops. A child who performs for an audience will be confident enough to address an audience.
Self Esteem: When a child succeeds at such complex task as playing an instrument, self esteem is developed. Children should receive recognition for their musical accomplishments.
Self-Discipline: Understanding the connection between hours of practice and the quality of a performance reinforces self-discipline.
Responsibility: Learning an instrument is essentially an independent effort and students develop the ability to work by themselves.
Teamwork: Playing in an ensemble or singing in a choir will teach children to work together with others and appreciate other people's contributions.
Social Development: Children who play in a band or sing in a choir interact in a musical environment and also associate with people of similar interests.