Since antiquity music has taken on an important role in society, being a way to relax, an abundance of feelings and poetry. There is almost no person in this world who has never listened to music. It is part of our lives, whether we are talking about weddings, baptisms, name days, parties or funeral rites, it practically accompanies us in every moment.
Lately, more and more parents guide their children to learning how to play a musical instrument. Even if they do not pursue a career in music, statistics show that a child who learns to play an instrument has a much higher school performance than those who do not. The concentration required by playing piano, guitar, pan flute drums etc. and the complex action of coordinating every movement stimulate certain areas of the student’s brain, areas which would normally not be active. Thus, the child will have much better results in the learning process.
On the other hand, there are some people who do not agree with the arguments mentioned above. It is believed that musical instruments do not have any purpose in developing the skills of a child. If the apprentice does not pursue a career in music, knowing how to play a musical instrument will be useless because there will not be any practical aspect which will bring long-term satisfaction.
Thus, many parents prefer that their offspring focus on school subjects in order to shape the skills for the future career. However, it is considered that the time required to learn how to use a musical instrument can become frustrating for a child. The rules he must follow in practicing a musical instrument can annoy the child or discourage him. Failure in learning how to play an instrument can be discouraging and can have adverse effects on the offspring’s psyche, his self-confidence being seriously affected.
However, studying an instrument can provide personal satisfaction and gives the child a greater confidence in his own skills. At the same time, the hours spent learning techniques imply interaction with other people, making a new group of friends with the same occupation. The activity of playing a musical instrument gives the child a moment of respite, helping him to improve his self-image, and to develop an effective attitude.
The parent is to choose every time whether their child will learn to play a musical instrument or not.
Mihaela-Ştefania Puţeanu & Raluca Marin