If there's one activity your child can do today, it's learning how to play music. Multiple studies show that it can improve their cognitive ability and even reduce their risk of depression.

Whoever said that music could heal the soul is probably on the right track. Many studies show that it could benefit both the mind and body - especially of children.

Parents, if you want to develop your child's abilities, you might want to sign them up for some music courses. With this pandemic around, you can enroll them in kids' piano lessons, even if you're in the other state. The efforts can be worth it because of the following:

1. It Can Improve Their Academic Performance

Learning music is tough, but that's a good thing since it trains the brain to perform complex tasks. In a 2018 study in Frontiers, the researchers learned that music lessons could:

  • Help develop their language
  • Improve their short-term memory  
  • Enhance their analytical skills
  • Encourage them to think or reason logically
  • Decrease inhibition
  • Boost planning skills

Not only that, but this type of large-scale research also showed that children could carry these newly developed skills to their academics. When followed up after nearly three years, those who received music lessons had more superior cognitive abilities than those who didn't even if they took the same school curriculum.

2. It Can Help Them Communicate and Understand Concepts Better and Faster

A 2020 Japanese study cited that the way the brain behaves seems to be different between Western and Japanese classical musicians. However, regardless of these variations, which might be primarily due to culture, they still displayed better rhythmic prediction than non-musicians.

Music lessons can teach someone association, which is an essential foundation in communication. Just imagine how you learn the lyrics to a Beyonce track or why you can correctly guess the song's title the moment you hear the first few beats. Association is also the reason musicians knowthe succeeding notes.

3. It Can Decrease the Risk of Depression

The data compiled by the Child Mind Institute revealed that bipolar disorder and depression affect at least 14% of the teens. The risk for mood disorders also doubles between 13 and 18 years old.

Factors such as distorted self-esteem, hormone changes, peer pressure, increased odds of substance abuse, and even cyberbullying can contribute to these mental disorders.

The good news is music therapy might help, according to a 2016 study. The Bournemouth University researchers learned that kids from 8 to 16 years old who received music therapy experienced better self-esteem and decreased depression than those who had usual care.

It could be because music:

  • Allowed them to socialize with other children  
  • Improved their interactive skills
  • Helped them communicate their thoughts and feelings better

Music might even be beneficial for obese or overweight children, who are more prone to bullying and depressive symptoms. Although it is a sedentary activity, it enhances their mood and quality of life, said the 2019 research. This overall positive feeling is a critical complement to fitness programs.

Music doesn't cure all maladies, but it sure does help you raise positive and happy children. Don't forget the rewards of learning brings to them. Not only do they gain a new skill, but they can also cultivate patience, persistence, and discipline.