Musical instruments make great Christmas gifts. Instead of giving your child toys with screens, cell phones, or something that really won’t last longer than Christmas lunch, by giving an instrument you are giving them access to a new skill.
Music has a positive impact on your child emotionally, reduces stress, exercises memory, reduces the effects of cognitive decline and is a fantastic way to meet new people and embrace new opportunities.
But what happens now?
The first steps in learning a new musical instrument can be daunting. And maybe not so much fun. If you start off on the wrong foot, it can cause negativity that stifles initial enthusiasm. Children need some support from parents at this new stage and we all need to understand that any new activity requires patience. Your child will not only learn to play music, but will have better coordination, improved self-esteem, and more positive energy.
Here are some basic tips that can help when learning a new instrument:
- Think about what genre of music you might be interested in. This is linked to your own choice of instrument. For example, guitarists lean towards rock and pop music. Whereas pianists are often more likely to practice jazz or classical music.
- Spend some time watching professionals playing an instrument/genre that interests you. This can be very inspiring for you.
- Start by trying out a simple melody or rhythm. For example, on the guitar you can google “3 chord songs”. If you have drums, you could simply try to keep a steady beat to your favorite song.
Have fun! In the beginning, it’s important not to take it too seriously. At first it may sound different than it really is. But with a good attitude and a little dedication, you’ll learn quickly.
- Find a good music teacher with whom you feel comfortable. It is important that you enjoy your lessons if you want to progress and be motivated. It is also highly recommended to start working with a teacher from the beginning so that you don’t develop bad habits.
- ¡Practice! Only 5 minutes a day will make a big difference in how quickly you improve.
- Improves attention and concentration: one of the main advantages of music is that it stimulates areas of the brain that are not usually stimulated by other means.
- Promotes memory and creativity: during musical training, visual, muscular, gestural and auditory memory is also stimulated, which allows recent and old memories to be fixed.
- Increased development of motor skills: when you begin to stimulate motor skills in children through a musical instrument. It greatly improves the coordination ability of this.
- Increases self-esteem: this practice is an excellent alternative to stimulate self-confidence, so it gives us the opportunity to socialize with other people.
Royal School of Music offers individual and online music lessons for the following instruments:
– Piano – Guitar – Percussion – Percussion – Modern Singing – Violin – Cello – Double Bass – Wind Instruments
Contact us, Contact us for pricing and more information about our private, group or online music.