Learning an instrument can act as a wonderful precursor to enhancing a child’s social capabilities all while building a sense of self-esteem that can help them connect with other children and help create lasting friendships. Learning and playing an instrument consistently is not only a means for a child to express themselves and learn creative expression but, it can help with a child’s focus and discipline.
At Sport-Social we have one-on-one instruction available for piano, guitar, drums and voice. We can provide a tailored musical experience for your child. As with any instrument we teach, the goal is to instruct in a way the student can learn. Using ABA techniques we teach them how to be as proficient as possible, while giving the student a sense of self-worth, and creating an enjoyable atmosphere in which to play and create music. Studies have shown that playing music can be beneficial for your child and the improvement it can make upon how the brain processes speech.
Playing an instrument such as the piano is a great way to help a child with problem solving skills, as well as learn about abstract reasoning, visualization, and spatial relationships. Learning the piano can also be a great source of stability – giving a student a sense of consistency, in a sometimes unstable world. In addition, the whole musical alphabet is laid out before a child, on the piano; therefore, we try to encourage our students to learn and absorb as much musical theory as possible while enrolled in piano lessons.
Learning and playing the drums can be beneficial in several ways. It can help teach coordination and motor skills, as well as assists with hand-eye coordination. Playing the drums teaches an appreciation of musical structures, while also giving a child a way to express themselves. We customarily begin by teaching a student the basics of a four count bar, introducing the components of a basic drum beat. As the student makes progress with their skills, we move on to more advanced structures, beats and fills, and eventually, specific songs are learned in their entirety.
The guitar is an instrument that can undoubtedly help one connect with others. Even after learning just a few chords on the guitar, a student can begin to put together and play some basic songs. Playing music in such a fashion can be an extremely useful way to deal with stress and anxiety. Generally, we begin with some very basic skills such as single note play. This also helps build up calluses on the fingertips – which is imperative to being able to play the guitar. As the student makes progress, they will begin to learn some basic chords and how to put them together to eventually create song structures. Guitar is one of the most popular instruments, and it is rarely difficult to find others to play music with, on the guitar or bass (musicians are always in need of a bass player). Whether it’s at a friend’s house, local music shop, or an impromptu session at school, learning some standard chord progressions will always allow a student to play the guitar with anyone, regardless of their skill level.
Singing can be a surprisingly simple way to improve a student’s health and emotional well-being. First, singing can benefit one from the lungs to the heart. Singing can sometimes help one sleep better – even help improve posture. As with other musical experiences, singing can also help reduce anger, depression and anxiety. Through singing instruction, we hope to not only teach a child how to sing, by assisting them through songs that inspire, but help them see the benefits that can come from it as well, such as: an increase in self-esteem, an increased feeling of well-being, and, eventually, how it can be used even as a social forum for sharing with others.