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So…what are you doing this summer?
Summer camps, vacations, and trips to the beach aside, the season offers a great chance to really bond with your kid, and perhaps try something new yourself.
The best way to do that? Maybe we’re biased, but taking summer music lessons with your kid has enough benefits to fill a book. (But we’ll just keep it to a blog post!)
Read: Moms share the benefits, challenges of taking music lessons
Read on for six reasons why taking music lessons with your kid totally rules.
1. You’ll inspire each other.
Does seeing your kid tinkering at the piano bring back happy memories of your own childhood, stirring the musician inside? Seize the moment. Even if those memories aren’t so happy (cranky teacher, overly demanding parent), taking music lessons with your own kids now can rewrite the script.
Conversely, your kid will love seeing you play, and benefit from knowing that everyone struggles with learning something new— even mom or dad. They may even be pleasantly surprised to see themselves catching on faster than you!
2. You can hold each other accountable.
It’s like having a workout buddy; you’re more likely to complete the task (in this case, practicing) if it’s shared. And your child, like it or not, is likely to keep tabs on your practicing!
3. You can share the nerves at recital time.
Not only will you bond over shared recital jitters, but you’ll also increase each other’s confidence. Imagine being a seven-year-old about to play the piano for the first time in front of a group of strangers. Now imagine that seven-year-old knowing her mom or dad is in the same boat.
Your kid might even improve your performance, as was the case for one mom we know. When she played a duet with her son at one recital, he gently reminded her to come in at the first chorus when she forgot.
4. You can talk shop together.
If you find yourself amazed by Clementi’s sonatinas or Pachelbel’s fugues, you’ll have your kid to nerd out with.
Parents who take lessons with their kids may enjoy exploring and researching different composers and movements together, or even going to concerts relevant to what they’re studying.
5. You can help your kids get the most out of music lessons.
When you’re taking music lessons, you have more clarity about what your child is experiencing. Consequently, you can better understand and have greater empathy for her challenges or frustrations.
It can be revelatory for parents to experience the amount of work required to make progress in lessons, and lead them to a deeper understanding of how to help their kids get the most out of lessons.
6. Taking music lessons as an adult is just plain smart.
It’s been established that playing music is good for your brain, and that children who take music lessons reap mental benefits that last into adulthood. But even adults taking music lessons for the first time are reshaping their brains for the better.
Jennifer Bugos, an assistant professor of music education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, told National Geographic: “Musical training seems to have a beneficial impact at whatever age you start. It contains all the components of a cognitive training program that sometimes are overlooked, and just as we work out our bodies, we should work out our minds.”
Regardless of the brain research, if you’re a music lover, adding more music to your life is a great thing. And something that is always worth the risk? Taking opportunities to better understand your kid.
Want more insight on parenting a child in music lessons? Check out Tuning Into Your Child’s Musical Journey.