The violin can be a mystical instrument for young children. The beautiful sounds produced can be enchanting, lyrical and even harsh. More than just the sound, children are often drawn in by the actions of violin playing. They typically become fascinated between 7 – 10 years old, but the reactions vary with age.
Just by looking at a violinist, you see how many muscles are required even to draw a note. For a child to learn the violin, they will gain strength and flexibility in their upper body. Playing the violin requires more than just strength. Skills and muscle memory will develop naturally over time, further strengthening their arms and fingers. Honestly, it’s a win-win solution!
Posture is another significant benefit of playing the violin. Any violin teacher will insist on teaching the correct playing posture to ensure the best results. This can lead to amazing benefits for the child, including a stronger back, shoulders and upper arms. Sitting or standing upright is a given for playing, while their arms and shoulders will bear the weight of the instrument and bow, making it excellent at developing posture.
Apart from the larger muscle groups, a child’s finger will gain flexibility and nimbleness unlike those of their peers. Violin playing requires quick movement and reflexes to anticipate each note before they are played. Pressing down on the strings continuously will strengthen each finger and their right hand will have to learn control and coordination. All in all, it is fantastic hand-eye coordination training.
With the onslaught of such practices, your child might feel some strain after a session of playing. Complaints of tired arms, shoulders and back are to be expected. Doing some stretches can help loosen muscles and ease the aches.
Unsurprisingly, learning a music instrument is associated with numerous benefits about the mental development of children. One conclusive study done by the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University in West Hamilton shows that playing the violin tend to improve children’s concentration. When a young child plays an instrument, changes will start taking place in their brain.
Increased attention span and focus
This is a result of concentrating intensely on how to play the violin while reading their music scores. The brain has to work harder to process information at a quicker rate
Violin playing requires muscle and brain memory. This happens as your child needs to remember different positioning to place their fingers as well as reading music.
Be it creating music by pressing the right notes to mastering different bow strokes, many hours of practice are needed to solidify their skills. These hours will be a testament to how much discipline they have in practising and achieving their musical goals.
You might think playing the violin is a solitary pursuit, but having this skill gives your child something to talk to other about. Be it what they learnt or their experience, learning a musical instrument is always something fresh and exciting for others. Just imagine, your child can speak of their performing experience at a student concert.
If your child is naturally an introvert, introducing them to an orchestra can be an excellent way to meet her musical peers. Best of all, they share a common ground and interest, making conversation much easier. Playing in an orchestra can encourage social interaction and increased self-discipline through practising for the various pieces.
For those who are learning simply for the pleasure, adding variations to their practising routine can allow her to establish control over their practising. Learning a duet or playing with an accompanist can be a great way to explore their musicality while interacting with another musician.
Learning the violin is not only beneficial to introverted children, but extroverts can also spend time honing their concentration by practising different skills. The benefits include improving concentration, memory and self-discipline.
An important point: parents should not turn practising the violin into a chore. Once children are forced to do something repeatedly without enjoyment, it will affect their interest and playing. Instead, maintain a balance between making practice pleasurable and efficient. Encouragement and showing the child how much they have improved are some ways to motivate them to strive further without dampening their enthusiasm.
Lastly, caring for an instrument is almost equivalent to caring for a pet. A child can learn responsibility through this as an instrument requires the utmost care. Tuning, cleaning and proper storage of the violin are some important ways to protect the instrument.
These feats might sound astounding to parents who cannot believe their child will be able to achieve this. Admittedly, learning a new instrument is never easy. There will be challenges and tantrums, but they are all part of the learning process. We guarantee that the result is entirely worth it, ask anyone still playing an instrument. There is more joy to be found once you’ve perfectly mastered a piece or technique.
If you have any questions regarding learning the violin for young children, do drop us a call at 9107 6299 or check out our violin course here.