8 Ways Music Helps Foster Children

Music is a language we all speak. Music is a powerful way to connect to feelings and with others. Experts agree that music studies have many health benefits for children.

Mo Anderian, 21-year-old singer, was on the Voice UK. He shared how powerful music was and helped him interpret his feelings while growing up in foster care. Mo compared music to a parent relationship saying it was “the comfort of a mother and motivation of a father.”

Learning to play an instrument, taking voice lessons or singing, and music therapy are great ways to provide music education for a child. Ifyou have considered having a foster child participate in musical studies, here are some great reasons to get them started! 

1. Improves cognitive performance

Studies show a correlation of higher academic achievement among children who are involved in music studies.

2. It builds self confidence

The opportunity to develop a talent or skill is a wonderful way to build self confidence.

3. Promotes healing and wellness

Research shows that listening to and playing music helps reduce anxiety, stress and depression.

4. It helps them connect

Being a musician connects you to a part of a bigger musical family. Being a part of a music group teaches a child the power of teamwork and helps build better relationships.

5. It promotes constant learning

Music is a positive connection to the importance of continued education and how in life learning never ends!

6. It is a great form of expression

Music can give a child the ability to express varying emotions when words may not be adequate.

7. It teaches discipline

Setting measurable goals and committing to lessons and practice are great ways to learn discipline.

8. Fosters creativity

Music is a creative pursuit and tool to a successful life of purpose.

” Where words fail, music speaks.”

– Hans Christian Andersen