Music lessons have always been a phenomenal gift option for kids. But after this challenging year, they’re more important than ever. In the face of so much uncertainty, when you give the gift of lessons and music education, it is something that can lift children’s spirits. Inspire them at a time when they truly need genuine hope, fun, and excitement. While the pandemic won’t last forever, the knowledge, passion, and experience kids get from remote and safe in-person music lessons will stay with them for a lifetime.
Gift-giving will look different this year
This holiday season is going to look a lot different than what we’re all used to. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be special for your kids. The way children look back on 2020 will depend on how parents ease them through this difficult time. Making 2020 the year your child starts music lessons can be a decision that brings them genuine joy, excitement, and educational benefits for decades to come. While there are countless things we can’t control this holiday season, we can choose to give our kids the gift of music education.
Music Builds Character
As kids pick up skills like playing a new instrument, they’ll receive the added benefit of increased confidence. Regular routines and schedules continue to be upended, but a weekly lessons routine can help kids develop crucial time management skills and sense of normalcy. Learning to play an instrument requires more than just attending a lesson at the same time every week. They’ll need to practice daily, keep focused, and build their musical skills. In the process, they’ll produce impressive character traits without even realizing it. For example, daily practice builds self-discipline, performing builds confidence, and learning to focus builds a child’s listening skills.
We all know how many toys children get for Christmas…it’s a lot. Before you know it, these gifts have been quickly outgrown or forgotten about. Instead, try giving them something they’ll enjoy for years to come. Research shows life experiences provide happiness that last longer than possessions do. When you give the gift of lessons, you are gifting experiences. Which is a great way to extend the joy of the season all year long. Surprise that special child in your life with the gift of music lessons, and consider giving others on your list this great gift too.
Music Lasts a Lifetime
When you give the gift of lessons, it’s really a gift that keeps on giving! When your child has the ability to play a musical instrument, it is a skill they enjoy for their entire lives. Even if your child only sticks with their lessons a year or two, the benefits of lessons will endure. Studies show that adults who took music lessons as children have faster response times and increased emotional awareness. The hard work, discipline, and attention to detail that goes into learning a musical instrument are hugely beneficial traits in all aspects of life.
Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter
Studies have shown that taking music lessons can actually make you smarter. Playing an instrument stimulates multiple areas of the brain, increases a child’s ability to focus, and improves coordination. Studies have also shown that children who participate in music lessons benefit socially, do better in school and score better on intelligence tests. Music education can improve listening skills and is proven to help kids get ahead in all subjects. Here’s some SAT stats that may have you running to sign your child up for music lessons: a study of 500 high school students found that those who engaged in some form of music lessons scored 57 points higher in verbal comprehension and 41 points higher in math on their SATs.
Music Lessons are Fun!
Beyond the educational benefits, music lessons are just plain FUN! Unlike some activities, music can be enjoyed alone, with a group, in person or remotely. It can be a fun social outlet for kids, or a relaxing and renewing hobby for those who may be a bit older. With its range of sounds, variety of instruments, and compelling elements, it’s virtually impossible not to like music. Giving the gift of music will pave the way for the child in your life to learn a brand new skill. So, what are you waiting for? Cross that gift off your holiday gift list and purchase music lessons for a special child in your life today!
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Phenomenal music instruction families can rely on
From safe in-person instruction to fun and convenient remote lessons, Music & Arts is committed to being a reliable source for music education during the pandemic. There’s no doubt that music lessons are terrific for kids. However, many parents are unsure how to deliver them to their kids in the face of school closures and other major disruptions to daily life. Between our remote music lesson options and in-person lessons that adhere to the strictest standards of safety, we’re proud to continue to serve local communities with music education during this time.
Shop with Music & Arts
Music & Arts is the #1 holiday destination for musicians and music-lovers this season. As the nation’s largest private music lesson provider and teaches over 1 million lessons each year. With customized lesson plans, in-store recitals, and a diverse and exciting program that caters to all ages and abilities, we’re excited to have you come learn with us. Stop in and see us at your local Music & Arts location, or shop online today!