Does your little guy or gal have a desire to tickle the ivories? Or maybe Junior wants to blow your socks off via the trumpet? This just in: Investing in music lessons for your children could be worth the headache from all the hours of practice. (Just hope they don’t pick the drums!) According to The New York Times blog "18 and Under," a recent study conducted by Northwestern University shows that musical training can result in longtime benefits all the way from early childhood until retirement. For one, playing a musical instrument seems to contribute to your child's reading skill levels. “To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, the ability to disambiguate speech sounds, make sound-to-meaning connections,” said Professor Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern. “Each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”
In addition to strengthening memory, music is believed to contribute to attention skills, and both translate into scholastic learning. Playing music is also a great opportunity to teach your kids about developing a craft. Practice makes perfect!
Still, the post encourages you to allow music into your child's life for the love of music — not just for its long-term brain benefits. After all, if music is a passion, they’re more likely to stick with it.