Children learning anything, whether it is a musical instrument or speaking another language, the younger they are the better they take in what they are learning - as the saying goes they are like a sponge, they take in everything they see. Music is one of the most influential and creative things children can take part in, particularly when learning to play more than one musical instrument. More young people learn to play the piano, clarinet, or violin. However, as they reach their teen years, they begin to focus on the music that sound good to them and join in on the trend to playing the guitar.
These days guitar lessons are easy to access and are normally free of charge, but these usually include short videos (normally between two minutes or ten minutes in length) that concentrate and focus on a specific technique or learning how to play one song. For young children learning how to play an instrument will very often require a certain degree of discipline because of the amount of time they will need to put in to practise playing. In addition they would need to demonstrate a higher level of focus and attention to the teaching of the instrument; therefore they will also need to have some patience when learning.
Take guitar lessons for instance, these normally take much longer to become adjusted to, because of the way they are played. When strumming on a guitar or plucking a string for the first time, one would normally feel a lot of pain on the tips of their fingers. In order to overcome this, the participant will need to continue practising over and again in order to get used to playing. As a child this may put them off a little, because it will be uncomfortable to begin with. However, as music is practical and differs from conventional teachings, the child will naturally be engaged in the teaching process as they are able to use their hands.
Getting guitar lessons gives the child an opportunity to learn something that is widely recognised in the world of music. The guitar itself is an instrument most commonly seen as the cooler instrument in popular music with many more people tuning into music that use electric or acoustic guitars in their songs. This is an ideal instrument to have children learn to play, as they are also able to see where this is used and relate to the music they are used for.
When taking lessons the child will become adjusted to a routine much more quickly than a teenager would, as this will feed their innate desire for routine. Children very often relish the prospect of having something to do on a daily basis. Taking guitar lessons or learning to play a musical instrument will help to develop upon this need and want. The benefits will also stretch right across their school performance, in that this will enable them to become more focussed on completing homework and submitting work on time. As they become more enthusiastic about learning music they become enthusiastic about learning other subjects and apply that focus in the school work.
To learn something means you need to be disciplined enough to continue learning, music lessons help to develop upon this attribute. As they are disciplined enough to sit through musical lessons going over the same technique until perfection, their behaviour improves and thus they will behave well in classes. As children continue with their lessons, they become accustomed to the idea of practising. This is also something they put across into doing homework, they will already have been trained into a daily routine therefore they will get better at time management.
Introducing them to music through allowing them to play an instrument will naturally engage their attention. The fact that they are able to use an object or item that makes joyful sounds is something of an interest and is always fun to take part. The lessons are best kept short, beginning with 30 minutes then increasing them gradually as the child progresses. Always stick to teaching at the same times and days, or if your child is learning by themselves, encourage them to play at a certain time and support them in their progress. Eventually when one sees their child playing the guitar or any other instrument, they will notice that they are likely to pick up that guitar without being prompted, because they become more confident in playing it.
Anna Stenning is currently taking guitar lessons and believes that with the amount of resources available these days it is much easier for young children to learn to play themselves and believes this will help them to improve in their school work.