What's more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development - creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, and emotional development are also positively impacted.
While research on "spatial intelligence" popularized by Don Campbell's work on The Mozart Effect continues there remain numerous anecdotes in which physical and mental health were improved with measured and planned exposure to classical music Dr. Shinichi Suzuki understood this intuitively and used it as the basis for his method of teaching anyone, child or adult, to play a musical instrument. In recent years research has validated this in proving that just as young children learn to speak their native language by listening and imitating the sounds they hear, so too can each of us learn to play an instrument of our choosing. Training the ear by listening is essential in the beginning stages of musical education because it is what children are already doing naturally. This approach does not preclude acquiring the ability to read music (decoding patterns from the printed page). This phase begins within the first year of lessons, first by learning rhythmic patterns by ear in a fun game-oriented manner and then as the learning sequence progresses, recognizing the visual representations of each pattern.
We have all been given different gifts, with different capacities for various skills. Your child's success in learning to play an instrument depends a lot on you. Your involvement is vital to your child's attitude and progress. Encouraging your child to play for you every day, being generous with enthusiastic praise and offering your support nurtures their progress. My joy in teaching is to spark the student's innate curiosity and individual capacity to learn; together we will guide him on the path to adventures in good music.
As the universal language, music crosses cultural and language barriers and speaks to the heart and soul, taking an inner experience and moving it to a shared creative experience.
Self expression, concentration, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, goal setting, and coordination are all enhanced by early music and movement education.