Social & Emotional Skills
Making music with others improves children’s social and emotional skills. They learn the value of teamwork and develop their sense of empathy with others. Research has found that when children play music together they are better able to tune into other people’s emotions.
Group music classes require interaction and communication with others, which in turn encourages teamwork. If a child is playing an instrument too loudly or speeding up too quickly, they will need to adjust. It’s important for children to know and understand the individual role that they play in a larger ensemble.
In group classes, team-work skills are taught so all players work together harmoniously.
“Children who take part in music develop higher levels of social cohesion and understanding of themselves and others,” says Dr. Alexandra Lamont, Lecturer in the Psychology of Music at the University of Keele.
Music Can Boost Self-Confidence
By improving their abilities with a specific instrument and achieving their goals, children can feel very satisfied and this can greatly improve their self-esteem. This inevitably spills into other areas of their lives too giving children an overall boost in their self confidence. Again, a joy to be a part of as a music teacher.