There has been a link found between learning a musical instrument at a young age and the development of the brain. Children who learn how to play an instrument in grade school are able to learn about most every subject easier and more comprehensive than other students who did not learn how to play an instrument.
It has been proven learning an instrument at any age will assist in development, but the earlier they learn, the better they will be able to learn. There is a link between the brain’s learning centers and the creative centers which need to be created at an early age. This helps to show the individual when they learn, they are also creating something.
The creation which is occurring in an academic sense is the memory of the lesson as well as the creation of the ability to complete tasks. The more a student is taught to play a lesson, the more solid these connections are. That is why it is suggested to take lessons for an extended period of time. It is not required to have complete mastery of the instrument, but it is recommended to have the confidence to play in front of crowds.
The link between music and education has led most elementary schools to have some kind of musical program. Make sure you insist your children get involved in music and that they stick to it. The best way to get your child to stick with it is to allow them to choose and try out different instruments before committing to a learning program.
With the right instruction, your child will learn how to properly play an instrument and will be able to learn how to be more successful in their academic career. The other upshot to learning an instrument is it teaches a child the self confidence they will need to be successful outside of school and work.