Why mastering musical instruments can improve your social skills and how to achieve it?

If we read about the tiger mom, Amy Chua, in her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, we cannot stop to be amazed at her determination to make her daughter an expert pianist. In the end, her daughter mastered the instrument to the level of a maestro and took part in an international piano contest. In her efforts to turn her daughter into a pianist, she relentlessly made her practice following tight schedule and harsh disciplinary measures.

Some children are reluctant to follow through with all these instrument classes because in their opinion the activity is boring due to repetition and lonely due to individual practice. They must play their trumpet, guitar and piano alone most of the time to reach some perfection. However, the bright side is that involvement with music has so many benefits, among others, bringing sparks to our social life. Some eventually make money out of it. This makes parents willing to spend thousands so that their children can be well-trained instrument players.

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The following article by Levi from JoyTunes Blog tells how playing musical instrument brings social benefits to ourselves.

Social benefits of learning to play a musical instrument

Music is also proven to help tremendously in social situations, including work environments, friendships, and even more involved relationships. The training that the mind and body go through to develop musical comprehension is the same as the training required to develop speech and verbal skills, essential components in any relationship.

Additionally, music training develops the same muscles that will assist you in cooperation, time-management, organization, and concentration/listening skills. These are all skills that any relationship management expert will tell you are necessary for navigating healthy relationships.

Music training also strengthens a person’s self-expression and helps you to break out of your inhibiting barriers (get up there and play!). So, develop your musical talents, and you will be a team leader no matter where you go! Read more here.

In fact, those parents who are so keen on their children playing musical instruments have made great efforts to equip them with the much-needed social skills so that the children can plunge ahead into life without much heartbreaks and insecurities. Those who play musical instruments have more chances to be sociable, confident, well-organized, and competent individuals.

Refined social skills are essential when children are moving forward in their life, especially while competing in a saturated job market or building up their first business. Success at the higher levels may significantly depend on contributions from this musical instrument training from early childhood. Now, after realizing this, let’s read on to know what a maestro had said on the connection between learning a musical instrument and developing social skills.

Join musical group or ensemble to enlarge one’s social circle

Shankar Mahadevan Academy writes:

Music helps you connect. Learning an instrument enlarges your social circle since you get to meet more people than you usually would. In children, music can help develop social skills. Maestro Eduardo Marturet, a conductor, composer and musical director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra, who also oversees the MISO Young Artist program in South Florida, has observed the effect that music has on a child’s social skills. “Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline.” Read more here.

Meeting more people can be a good start to building self-confidence. Children who are exposed to a larger social circle are less afraid to tackle different kinds of social situations, hence being at ease with themselves when they need to build relationships with others. One way to do this during the stint of musical instrument practice is to join a musical group or an ensemble, instead of taking only private music lessons.

Good social support system for a lifetime

Michael Matthews writes on how performing together has its benefits:

Boosts your team skills.
Team skills are a very important aspect of being successful in life.  Playing an instrument requires you to work with others to make music.  In a band or orchestra setting you must learn how to cooperate with the people around you.  Also, in order for a group to make beautiful music, each player and section must learn how to listen to each other and play together.

Promotes your social skills.
Playing an instrument can be a great way to enhance your social skills.  Some of the best people join bands and orchestras, and many times the friends you make here become like family.  It’s very common for people to gain lifelong friendships through musical activities like these.

Promotes happiness in your life and those around you.
Playing a musical instrument can be very fun and exciting.  Not only is it fun to play music that you enjoy, but it feels wonderful to hear an audience applaud you for giving a great performance.  It can also be very honorable and gratifying to voluntarily play in your local community and see the happiness on people’s faces because they enjoy watching you play. 

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Working together in a team, learning instrument will no longer be too boring or lonely. By practicing with others, the children will know how to be a good team player, and at the same time challenging themselves to be an exemplary leader. When an instrument player joins a musical group, or play for orchestra, he or she can perform together in front of the audience and this can create more excitement and feeling of togetherness rather than be playing solo.

In conclusion, if you are already on the road to becoming a classy instrument player, rejoice! You can reap as many social benefits as the other musicians before you had! If you are one of the parents still looking for some activities to fill in your children’s free time, why not consider the option of sending them to musical instrument lessons or classes. They will end up having more friends and more confidence; both of which can positively push them forward into successful and meaningful adulthood. Not only that, they can also find happiness for themselves through music and give happiness to others, bringing sparks to their social life and be the sparks themselves by contributing something to the social life of other people.