If you’re one of the countless families seeing your summer plans get upended by the pandemic, it’s safe to assume that you and your kids are feeling stressed and disappointed. But for parents of kids with canceled summer camp plans, things are especially rough because they’re in the last-minute position of having to find fun and safe activities to fill their kids’ time with for the next couple of months. If this sounds like you, don’t despair. Music lessons are a phenomenal activity that will keep your kids occupied and deliver valuable lifelong benefits at the same time.
Now is the perfect time to introduce your child to music
To get the most benefit out of music lessons, kids need to devote focused time to practicing. With Covid-19 closing down everything from camp, sports games, and public beaches, your kid probably has more time than they know what to do with this summer. Introducing music fundamentals now when kids have extra time to develop them means that they’ll be creating strong foundations for their musical training that will last long after the pandemic ends. In a time when kids are especially vulnerable to the brunt of our anxieties and stresses, helping them to cope through the magic of music has never been more timely and important.
How music education benefits children
The science shows that music education benefits kids in a myriad of profound and measurable ways, including the ability to better comprehend non-musical subjects. According to a 2012 article published by PBS’s website, “Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.” Learning an instrument like the guitar or piano in private lessons requires kids to engage in cognitive and physical areas of learning that are difficult or even impossible to replicate in other ways. From boosts in language, social skills, and intelligence, to improved test scores and creativity, music is generally thought of as one of the most life-improving activities that parents can give to their children.
But while these incredible benefits are bound to impact your child’s life for the better over the long-term, there’s a crucial short-term factor to consider. Music is an undeniably fun pursuit, and children desperately need fun, healthy distractions in this time of uncertainty. While music lessons aren’t meant to replace summer camp, they can give kids a healthy way to explore something that’s endlessly fun and challenging.
Music lessons provide fun challenges for kids in tough times
Any professional adult musician will tell you that they’re never done learning and exploring their craft. This means that the musical journey you set your child out on now will continue to enrich their life for as long as they keep playing music. Private lessons are hugely beneficial for kids, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to put in the work. To truly grow and thrive as young musicians, kids need to not only fully engage in their lessons, but they also need to practice frequently at home. Music lessons are a fun and challenging endeavor that will keep kids occupied in a healthy way for countless hours over the summer months and beyond. Even before the pandemic, the lives of our kids were being impacted negatively by social media and tech addiction. But in the age of Covid-19, kids need healthy outlets to get lost in and grow through more than ever. You might not be able to send your child to camp this year, but you can still empower, challenge, and entertain them with music lessons.
MORE ABOUT MUSIC LESSONS AT MUSIC & ARTS
With an incredible team of passionate music teachers across the country, Music & Arts is America’s home for incredible music instruction. Whether your child wants to rock out on the drums or sharpen their singing skills, Music & Arts has you covered. Their university-trained music teachers have the experience and plan to help both kids and adults thrive through music no matter what their experience level is. Learn more about our private lessons program today!
NEED AN INSTRUMENT?
Camp is canceled and you’re ready to get started… but you need an instrument? When you’re looking for an instrument suited to a developing player, the option to rent is going to be at the forefront. With all the benefits of music programs and hobbies for people of all ages, there’s every reason to invest in an instrument – and for most of us, renting is the ideal way to do it. Not only is the up-front cost much lower, but with a good rental program, you also get an assortment of perks that you’d be missing out on with a purchased instrument.
The friendly staff at Music & Arts is happy to explain how our contracts work. Whether you rent in-store or online, there is always a friendly staff member ready to help answer your questions.
Contact your local store for more information about Instrument Rentals