5 Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Music Lessons

Have you ever thought about enrolling your child in music lessons? It can be hard work for any parent to keep their children busy. However, it can be even harder for parents to keep their children busy with healthy activities that actually help support their development. Human development research shows that childhood is the most important period for a child’s brain development, and early activities can have a lasting impact on a child’s ability to succeed later on in life.

Now, does this mean you have to keep your children in a bubble so they never get hurt? Of course not. However, there are some activities out there that might be beneficial for your child to get started with— such as music lessons!

Below, we have listed the five benefits of enrolling your child in music lessons. Check it out!

1. Music lessons help children develop language skills.

It is common knowledge that not all children begin speaking at the same time, and some take to the art-of-gab much faster than others. For a child who is having trouble expressing themselves verbally, however, music lessons may allow them the chance to “speak” in a different way while they practice. Many studies have found a connection between music and language development in kids. One notable study by MIT recently found that music lessons were just as helpful for children as extra reading lessons when it came to developing language.

2. Music lessons help children develop motor skills.

If you’ve ever tried to slide a bow across the strings of a violin, press the pedals of a drum set, or get your right hand to play the piano at one pace while your left hand plays at an entirely different pace; then you know that music is an extremely physical activity. With consistent practice, children who take lessons will get the chance to develop not only their music skills but also their motor skills.

3. Music lessons help children learn patience.

Remember those tricky violin strings, that confusing drum pedal, and those different piano notes for different hands that we just talked about above? Well, all of those things happen to take hard work and patience to master. Children in music lessons will not be masterful at any of the techniques when they begin—and, as their parent, you will probably get exhausted of hearing them miss the same ear-screeching note again and again. However, in this process of trying and failing, children are developing key traits: the art of hard work, determination, and patience. Even if they don’t end up becoming the next Beethoven, they will still be able to take these skills with them into the rest of their lives.

4. Music lessons help children develop creativity.

Along with hard work, music lessons also foster a sense of creativity in children. If you have a child who yearns for the chance to build kingdoms, tell stories, and think outside the box, then music lessons could give them the perfect opportunity to unleash this creativity! Creative thinking not only helps satisfy a child’s appetite for life, but it also leads to better outcomes in adulthood. Creative thinkers learn how to be productive and proactive, develop problem-solving skills, and navigate many different situations in life. Music lessons can be the perfect activity to help your child build these key skills.

5. Music lessons can help children gain confidence!

Finally, music lessons help children gain confidence in their ability to learn and succeed at challenges. Even if the notes don’t sound perfect—or, let’s face it, even close to perfect—your child can still feel a sense of accomplishment over learning that new song on the piano, or finally figuring out how to read a sheet of music, or having the courage to sing in front of a crowd at class recital. No matter what your children’s goals are, the simple act of having a goal and moving towards it can help them feel a sense of pride in what they’ve accomplished.

What about you? For those of you who took music lessons as a child, comment down below to share what you learned. For those of you looking for a recommendation, we’ve found Sloan to have competitive rates on music lessons prices.

Author Darren Paltrowitz Discusses His NEW Book “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling: Full Contact Life Lessons”.

Darren Paltrowitz is writer/interviewer with 20+ years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager and over the years working with artists like OK Go, They Might Be Giants and Tracy Bonham. Darren’s writing has appeared in countless publications including the NEW York Daily News, L.A. Times and Guitar World. Darren’s latest project is titled “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling: Full Contact Life Lessons”.  Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Darren recently about the book and how the idea to draw inspiration from professional wrestling came about.

Adam Lawton: What was your first exposure to Professional Wrestling?

Darren Paltrowitz: I have been trying to really figure that out lately. I think it goes back to watching “WWF Wrestling Challenge” or one of those late 80’s early 90’s weekend shows. The first Wrestle mania that I fully remember was WrestleMania 7. From there I got into WCW. Sadly I wasn’t much in wrestling during the “Monday Night Wars” as music took over at that time. I didn’t love WCW when it was good! (Laughs) Thankfully with the internet I can now go back and watch everything I missed.

AL: How did the idea for the book all come together?

DP: I had gotten a press release about a book from my future co-author D.X. Ferris. It was actually a release about the four books he had coming out. One of those was titled “Good Advice From Good Fellas”. I ended up interviewing him about the book and during that interview he mentioned Diamond Dallas Page. We stayed in touch after the interview and I pitched the idea of a wrestling book. He sent me an email of a paper he wrote back in college which took advice from wrestling and the film “Goodfellas”. This was back in November. Prior to that we had nothing so that is why the book includes a lot of current wrestlers and wrestling information. We wrote this very quickly with the goal of having it ready for WrestleMania in April. D.X. put in a ton of long hours at the end with final touches and we did it!

AL: What was the research process like for the book and, how did you go about selecting which material made it into the book?

DP: That was sort of a mix of factors. One of those factors was D.X. telling me I had to put in some of his hometown Pittsburgh guys like Bruno Sammartino and Kurt Angle. We really had to think about people who along with wrestling talent also showed good business acumen and that were not plagued by scandal. We also thought about who had great quotes. Some of the book’s material came from my own personal interviews with people like Mark Henry. Now that I have been talking about the book for a bit I regret not including people like Al Snow and MJF. This arguably the greatest time in history to be a wrestling fan! There is infinite content out there. In fact there is so much that you cannot watch it all.

AL: Did any of the wrestlers who are featured in the book know beforehand that they were going to be included?

DP: We reached out to a lot of the wrestling promotions asking for material and we received responses from all but one. There were other times where I would have to go through independent reps. We also had a guy in the Ohio area that was able to provide us with some photo material. Initially things were moving slow as people didn’t believe we were doing this thing. One by one we started getting books out to some of the wrestlers and it’s been going great. It continues to be a step by step process.

AL: Did you have any goals for releasing the book?

DP: My first major goal with this project was finishing the book and getting it out. Once that was done it was a major relief. A lot of people say they are going to write a book but never do. Now that the book is out I want it to be the one book that is for people who don’t read “self help” books. I wanted people to realize that a lot of the advice in the book is applicable no matter what your level of exposure to pro wrestling is or was. One other thing I want people to take away from the book is for them to see just how smart and successful the majority of pro wrestlers are. They are no longer failed football players or body builders. These are people who are branding experts who can also act and write their own material. If you want to be successful you have to learn from other successful people. I hope a lot of that comes across in this book.

AL: What other projects are you currently working on?

DP: I have been doing interviews with entertainers and the likes ever since I was in high school. I realized that I should do something with all these interviews. About a year ago I started a pod cast called “The Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz”. It’s a bi-weekly cast that includes clips from various interviews I have done. Last week’s episode featured Adam Duritz from Counting Crows talking about his bar mitzvah, Guitarist Susan Tedeschi and Kaley Cuoco from the “Big Bang Theory”. I am into all kinds of things so that’s what I showcase on the cast.

It doesn’t matter if you are fan of wrestling or just someone wanting a fresh approach to the self help genre “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling: Full Contact Life Lessons” has something for everyone. It’s even got some great photos which accent the wit and wisdom of an often overlooked industry. To Order visit: https://www.amazon.com/Darren-Paltrowitz/e/B07Q4QN8B8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_2

For more info on Darren Paltrowitz you can visit his official website here: http://www.paltrowitz.com/home.html

 

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