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It is increasingly common for parents to send their children for music lessons at a young age and children often do enjoy learning a new instrument. However, as children grow older and have less time on their hands, some parents face the dilemma of whether or not to cease music lessons for their child. If you are currently facing this dilemma, do not hesitate further to let your child continue his or her music lessons as there are tremendous benefits for you to do so!
At Learn 2 Play Music Academy, we have students who have persevered and progressed through multiple stages of learning from the beginner to advanced stages, and who have emerged as successful learners. Our students, Adeline Tan (age 18) and Amanda Tan (age 16) have recently completed their Grade 8 Piano syllabus, with Adeline attaining a Merit in her Performance Grade exam. We invited their parents to share how both of their daughters have benefited from learning the piano, from a beginner all the way to Grade 8. It is a tremendous achievement, and we applaud the girls for their passion and resilience.
Why should a child start music lessons at a young age?
Music lessons have been widely proven to aid with the development of the brain, and learning an instrument at a young age has been scientifically proven to aid in their motor skills, speech proficiency, and problem solving skills. All of these are abilities that children will certainly need as they enter into adulthood, and it is important for these abilities to be nurtured at an early age. It has been proven by a Harvard based study that children who have learned music for 3 years or more excel better than their peers in areas such as fine motor skills, auditory skills and response.
Adeline’s and Amanda’s parents both strongly agree with the benefits of musical training at a young age. She mentioned, “Learning piano at a young age helped them (Amanda and Adeline) to improve their finger coordination and notes reading. They breeze effortlessly on picking up new instruments like the ukulele, flute and clarinet as CCAs in school. Adeline has great passion in singing and Amanda shows interest in art and painting. I believed this was largely due to their early exposure to music.”
How do we sustain a child’s interest in music lessons?
As a child learns more advanced skills on the instrument, it is important for parents to keep the child engaged throughout the learning process. Parents can create a motivational and encouraging environment and mindset so that the child can approach learning positively. It is also recommended not to pressure the child with high expectations or demands such as attaining a certain grade by a certain time.
Such a method is effective, as advised by Adeline and Amanda’s parents: “Looking back, there are times where they feel like giving up. It is perfectly normal to start off slower, and do have a realistic expectation of your child’s progress. Encouragement without giving them pressure is all they need. They will gradually be where they are. Piano has definitely taught my girls the value of hard work, perseverance and endurances.”
How does Learn 2 Play Music Academy encourage their students on their musical journey?
The parents of Adeline and Amanda testify for Learn 2 Play Music Academy: “Their piano lessons are never boring. Every teacher in the school has been a positive influence for them. Special thanks to their teacher Emiline, her kindness, patience and passion in piano are above and beyond! Her experiences have driven my girls to pursue their love for piano and they are full of praise when they speak about her. The tools she has given them are top notch, and we thank her for being such an incredible and humble teacher…The school truly embraces my children and transforms them into successful learners. With heartfelt gratitude, I would definitely recommend Learn 2 Play Music Academy, a music school that excels and has exceeded expectations.”
Learn 2 Play Music Academy creates a positive and supportive learning environment for students to learn and we have a team of competent teachers dedicated to providing the best learning methods for your child. If you are interested in learning music in a supportive and inspiring environment, do contact us right here!