Hello Uke Parents and Adult players, here you can read a great article written by Jenny Peters, who is a wonderful ukulele teacher.
7 REASONS YOU SHOULD BUY A UKULELE FOR YOUR KID
by Jenny Peters | Oct 16, 2018 |
Music plays an important role in our culture. It is an essential part of every child’s development. Parents instinctively know this. From birth, they use music to soothe their kids, to engage with them and to express their love for them.
Here are 7 beneficial effects of music on a child’s development:
FACILITATES LEARNING OTHER SUBJECTS
There is strong research to suggest that studying music makes learning other subjects like math and science easier.
Making music involves more than the using the voice to sing or the fingers to play an instrument. That’s because a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often at the same time. Learning this ‘brain coordination’ helps them make faster progress when learning other skills.
IMPROVES SOCIAL SKILLS
When kids are learning music in a group setting, they get to interact with each other, help each other, and work together. This greatly improves their social skills.
Music can inspire creativity. A lot of the activity needed to sing or play an instrument such as the ukulele requires some form of creativity or even improvisation. Children learn to tap into their inner creative spirit which can help them be creative in other areas of their lives.
A lot of times kids will perform what they learned in front of their parents, teachers or classmates. Performing helps them develop confidence in front of others. And it’s also a great way to encourage kids to express themselves.
Also, learning music is hard. When a child masters something that used to be difficult for them they feel more confident tackling a new challenge.
BOOSTS THEIR IQ
Studies show that music study can boost a child’s IQ. Kids who took piano lessons consistently for one year saw an IQ bump as high as 3 points- this is according to Jessica Grahn, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario.
When your child plays the ukulele, they learn how to create, store and retrieve memories more efficiently. This is the equivalent of giving their memory a workout. And who couldn’t use a better memory?
No one can become a good musician in a day. At first the new skills your child needs to play ukulele will seem hard. But over time with regular practice they will become easy
The process of learning an instrument teaches kids to persevere and be patient. For many music students, especially those who are quick in school, playing an instrument is the hardest thing they have ever tried. Through music study they learn the importance of daily effort and also how to manage frustration.
After they achieve their goal, say strumming to their favorite tune on the ukulele, they’ll feel a sense of satisfaction and achievement that will ripple through to their other activities.
WHY LEARN UKULELE?
So out of all the instruments, why the ukulele? There are numerous reasons why the ukulele is a perfect instrument for all ages and you can read our blog here to know all about that.
Today, we are interested in three characteristics that make it perfect for kids.
1. The ukulele is small and portable. A six-year-old child can easily hold a soprano ukulele without straining his or her hands. Kids can easily carry it on school trips and play it for their friends. Kids love the ‘baby guitar’.
2. Another thing that makes the ukulele perfect for your kid is that is easy to learn. The learning curve is not as steep as for the guitar or the piano
It is surprising how fast someone can move from “just starting” to “sounding pretty good” with regular daily practice. This ensures that kids can quickly begin playing their favorite songs without needing to learn a lot of chords.
3. The ukulele is very affordable, especially compared to a piano.