Aldous Huxley once said that, “After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” So profound and yet so true. Music as a form of expression helps one release his or her inner thoughts and feelings without the need for words. Where words fail, music succeeds. And like I mentioned before, music is my constant companion. Let me correct that, music is rather, our constant companion, my kids enjoy music as much I do.
This form of expression is anyway just as important in them children. They are pint-sized creatures bustling with untapped emotions and feelings deep inside. Oftentimes, they don’t really know how to let these pent-up feelings out. So, they scream, they cry, they pick fights with their younger brother or sister, put on their headphones if annoyed. And it’s never a good thing.
Medium of Expression
This is where music comes in. It acts as a medium of expression for kids. When they learn to play a musical instrument, they get to have an outlet for their emotions. They get lost in the moment as they squeeze out their creative juices and play musical masterpieces. Ear candy, I must say.
Playing a musical instrument is of course a good hobby for kids. Besides having something worthwhile to do to pass the time, kids are able to develop their self-confidence. Imagine how ego-boosting it is to be able to play a smacking piano solo! They also learn to develop patience, as they try to painstakingly learn the various drills in playing the guitar, for instance. Overall, music helps kids improve their behavior.
Starting ‘Em Young
My daughter has learned to play the flute when she was four. She then asked to be enrolled in piano lessons and she is having good progress. I have enrolled my little boy for piano lessons having seen how he love tapping the keys and had learned a bit with the help of my daughter. I can see that they both enjoy playing very much.
Middle boy has also expressed his want to learn the guitar, and it’s a good thing too since we have two at home he can use.
My daughter who studied flute before and then piano learned to be a bit appreciative and careful with her things. She handles her Tchaikovsky, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ludovico Einaudi sheet music like they were the most precious thing on the face of the earth. And she would often practice whichever she fancies leafing through them with much regard.
As a mom and their number one fan, I constantly encourage them to have an appreciation for music, we always have a melody to all sing along too. I also would leave Joe Hisaishi pieces playing as though it’s the tune of our everyday lives. I’m proud to say that I’m always there to support them in their journey through music. I often buy sheet music at greatscores.com to help supplement their piano lessons. And when it’s recital day, it’s a red-letter day for me.
Music and Kids and Me
No girlfriend can talk me into a spa retreat when that day happens to fall on my daughter’s recital. When we parents are there for our kids, this motivates them to excel. As I look at my kids tickling the ivories, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear.
Aside from beaming with pride at how talented they’ve become, I know for a fact that the skills they have learned from playing musical instruments- confidence, patience, focus and more – are values they’ll carry with them well into their adult years.