Having a creative outlet comes in many forms. It is important for both kids and adults to find their creative outlet and enjoyment. There is a difference between learning music and integrating music as part of your child’s education. Listening to music can also help your child concentrate for longer periods of time. Music affects people’s moods and behaviours. Some types of music can increase anxiety or even increase your child’s energy levels to pump them up for a party or sporting activity.

Learning an instrument stimulates self-discipline and boosts self-esteem in a child, as would participating in a sport. Should your child develop a musical ear, why not encourage them by signing them up for music lessons? Introductory lessons can be offered to preschoolers to learn violin or piano. There are lots of private music lesson options in Laval that can be offered individually or within a group.

Moreover, learning an instrument provides discipline and education with practice, just as your child would require in doing their homework. Dedication to learning an instrument can positively impact study habits and focus for their studies at school.

According to Isabelle Brassard, a Music teacher at Saint-Paul Elementary school, music allows students to establish better social skills by singing with a group. Music is also a form of expression. “Musical education allows the child to develop motor skills because the whole body must be involved to play an instrument or sing. We also develop our social skills because cooperative work is essential,” says Brassard. “In addition, music helps develop cognitive and language skills. Music through singing is a fun way to learn new vocabulary words. Finally, music allows an awakening to the world because everything that exists produces its own music. Musical education allows us to reflect on it. Music is a vast subject that allows us to travel from one culture to another in a multitude of different languages, styles, and sounds.”

Studies have shown that children who sing often feel more energized, as it releases endorphins, the happiness hormone. Some schools do not offer a music program; however, parents can experiment with music at home. Teaching children as young as babies to recognize sounds, playing music at home and having your children sing along or dance will also get them involved. It’s also a great family activity when the kids are cooped up inside for winter. Put on some music and have them sing.

One way to introduce your child to music without spending too much money on private or group lessons is by going to music and cultural festivals with your child. Many festivals are free, and you can keep an eye out for them by checking your local resources. Some centres in Laval offer mom-and-tot classes in which young children can play with drums or xylophones to stimulate their senses or learn the French language and expand their vocabulary through music and singing.