This is true even at very young ages. One mom wrote to me saying "My baby has changed and grown tremendously since our first weeks of class! As I watched her last week, it appeared as if she felt a sense of comfort, like she was not the new kid on the block. She walked around, investigating the surroundings and the instruments, as if she was quite comfortable. I love her sense of adventure!"
The same can be said of so many of our students. Scientific studies repeatedly show that musical training builds confidence. The advantage of Musikgarten is the Pathway to Musical Literacy that runs through every class. Without realizing it, each child is growing in confidence simply by participating.
Dr. Daniel Levitin, in his book "This Is Your Brain On Music" states "a child who can play music is never alone. Music is universally connective." It is that universal connection of music that helps to build confidence in your child.
In 2016 Susan Hallam of the University of London, England, reviewed multiple studies of the influence of music in child development and concluded: "General attainment may be influenced by the impact that music has on personal and social development. Playing an instrument can lead to a sense of achievement; an increase in self- esteem; increased confidence; persistence in overcoming frustrations when learning is difficult; self-discipline; and provide a means of self-expression. These may increase motivation for learning in general thus supporting enhanced attainment."
So as we approach the end of the semester, I encourage you to think back and see how much your son or daughter has grown in confidence. It is fostered by the Musikgarten approach which is scientifically based and proven in countless lives across the world.
And as we enjoy a break for the holidays, let me wish you a very Merry, Musical Christmas!