The Benefits of Learning to Play a Musical Instrument at the same time as your child.
Play is not just essential for kids, it can be an important way to relax for adults as well.
Instead of playing on your phone or zoning out in front of a screen take some time out to share a fun activity with your family. Spending time learning a new skill like playing the guitar or the piano together will not only make your children feel special but will help you feel more positive too.
You will be surprised how much you will both benefit from creating music together, no matter what your age. Not only will it keep you entertained but learning to play a music instrument develops social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills in children and will boost your brain function, health and well-being too.
Education - Homeschoolers will be pleased to know that music integrates a variety of subject areas allowing children to develop their musical skills as well as math skills, reading and writing, science and even history. For example, lyric writing will help with English skills, or parents could discuss how instruments work which will involve the physics of sound or talk about the origins of the saxophone or the role that drums played in military history.
Practice & Pace - You will need to make a conscious effort to incorporate time into your day to learn to play. Little and often is far better than a huge chunk of time where your child or you could easily get bored. You know your child best so maybe schedule 20 minutes after breakfast or before dinner every day. The time spent playing together will benefit both of you.
Don’t over plan - Let your child take the lead and determine the pace they learn at. The best way to teach is to show children how the instrument works, then step back and give them a chance to try. You can ask questions and follow along. It is very important that the instrument is age appropriate and your child wants to play it! Make sure they can hold it comfortably and correctly.
Embrace repetition - It may be boring to you but it is not to your child, they learn through repetition. Your child will move on to the next stage when they are ready. Practice doesn’t need to be boring. Many of the Yamaha digital pianos, keyboards and drumkits come with education apps that encourage the pupil to progress to different levels as they learn, a bit like gaming.
Online Resources - There are plenty of free virtual learning materials and music teachers available online although there doesn’t need to be any goal beyond having fun and enjoying yourselves. Our Yamaha Music London music experts regularly post tips and tutorials. Keep in virtual touch with family and friends and surprise them with a spontaneous performance. They will be happy to share your progress with you.
Bonding - Make the most of this time together. Having your undivided attention and support will bring you closer together and strengthen the parent-child bond that will last a lifetime.