The benefits of learning an instrument

We’ve all experienced the comfort and passion of music, even if only as passive participants listening to our favorite songs.  Learning to become an active participant in music, through voice or music lessons has added benefits.

Music is highly motivating, yet it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. AmpedKids mentors use musical experiences designed to be success-oriented and make children feel better about themselves and their growing abilities.

Music can also help a child manage pain and stressful situations.  Learning an instrument also encourages socialization, self-expression, communication and motor development. Because the brain processes music in both hemispheres, music stimulates cognitive functioning and can help develop new neural pathways in the developing brain.

Music can provide children with a non-verbal outlet for emotions associated with traumatic experiences and help with calming anxiety and stress reduction.

As a child begins to notice his or her own improvements, he or she naturally experiences enhanced feelings of control, confidence, and empowerment. The child also learns to be an active and positive participant in his or her own well-being.

These benefits are important for all children, but especially for children who have experienced trauma like those cared for by CASA.

If you’d like to sponsor music lessons for a child in the CASA program, contact CASA or the North Georgia Community Foundation.