Extra-curricular activities, like learning an instrument, are a great way for your child to develop fundamental skills that can benefit them not only in school but also on a personal level. For instance, they have to learn how to balance their schoolwork with their social life and another commitment, teaching them organisational skills. I have teamed up with an independent school in Essex to explore further.
Learning an instrument can teach your child the importance of hard work and perseverance. They might not be able to play a new piece of music straight away but, as the saying goes, practise makes perfect and if they stick at it, they will get there eventually. This is an important life lesson for children and can be applied to all aspects of their education. For instance, when they are revising for exams, they will remember that if they work hard and keep trying, they will ultimately succeed.
When your child does eventually perform a piece of music successfully, especially if it’s in front of others, they will receive a well-deserved self-esteem boost. Confidence is something that lots of children lack, which can hinder their performance in school and their ability to build strong relationships. With that said, playing an instrument can help give your child the self-esteem they need to take risks, meet new people and try new things.
One brilliant reason to encourage your child to take up an extra-curricular activity is that universities and employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate personal interests. However, learning an instrument might not necessarily be the right option for your child; they might be better suited to team sports or drama club, which are more sociable choices. With that said, you should only encourage your child to learn an instrument if they are truly interested in doing so and have the personality to dedicate their time to it.
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