8 Benefits for Kids Who Play In A Band

May 15, 2019

Making music is a magical skill – one that takes time, practice, patience, and a whole lot of effort – but one anyone can learn. And the pleasure of playing isn’t the only reward that can be reaped by the process. We’ve spoken many times about the benefits that an education in music can bring to students young and old alike, but this week we’re going to take this topic and go just a little deeper.

The benefits for kids who play in a band, either one of their own making, or something a bit more formal, go beyond those that can be had simply playing alone. Let’s take a look at 8 of them.

Social Support

A band can provide another place and similar family atmosphere for each member to lean on in times of emotional trouble. Just like with any family, there with be both ups and downs, but a band can give its members a unique place that will support them during all the good times and bad.

The friends that make up a garage band can lean on each other as they experience new things together. In a more formal setting of a school band, younger students have the opportunity to learn from their older peers who have been through it all already.

Self-Confidence

Bands of all shapes and sizes offer their members the incredible benefit of participating on a winning team. Sure, the winning, isn’t as obvious as it is in sports, but comes from progressing together, and making music as a collective.

Each member of the band is a part of the greater whole. They experience success and failure together, and learn how to handle ups and downs together. But most importantly, they can take pride in knowing that they contributed to something greater than they could do on their own – they can take ownership as a part of the group.

Playing in a band also gives the members a way to boost their confidence in their own abilities in other areas of their lives. They learn they can accomplish their goals with a clear plan and a some discipline, and they can tackle projects and adversities outside music with both direction and purpose.

Commitment

Another benefit kids can learn from playing in a band is the ability to commit to practice, and to follow through. Each member of the band learns by committing to their shared practice schedule, accepting responsibility for completing their own tasks, and making a promise to each other to see things through to the end, together.

Sticking together and seeing it through when things aren’t so fun, or the rewards aren’t so easy to see, is a valuable lesson that will benefits kids well beyond their band practice.

Discipline

Some of the hardest things about playing in a band are the long rehearsals, the need to memorize music, the ides that “early is on time; on time is late,” and all while keeping your manners and respecting each other and others.

Each of these things takse discipline, and the discipline learned in a band acts as a foundation for times later in life when that discipline is needed; through college, at work, and even as a parent.

In the setting of a formal band, each student acts as a representative of their school or community when they attend performances or competitions. They are expected to stay respectful in every situation, from rehearsals, to performances, and everywhere in between. This is a valuable skill for everywhere from the classroom to the boardroom.

Conflict Resolution

Whether you kids’ band is 5 members, or 100, conflicts are bound to crop up. Learning to work through these issues is an important part of life, and can help in future conflicts in their lives within their families, with their friends, and in those inevitable situations when they will have to work with people they just don’t like.

As a member of a band, a child not only learns the ideas behind conflict resolution, but has plenty of opportunities to actually practice them. They gain valuable coping skills, like how to “blow off steam” in a productive and healthy way, and how to calmly resolve disputes as they arise.

Flexibility & Creative Problem Solving

Any band that performs in competitions will need to learn to embrace any feedback they receive. Rather than rigidly insist that their performance was flawless, they need to learn to take constructive criticism seriously, and apply them to making adjustments where needed.

Members of a band must learn to be flexible and apply problem solving skills to tweak their performances in the way that band directors, or judges, or even teachers want it. This ability to be flexible and learn from others’ criticisms and comments is a skill that is becoming all too rare in today’s world, and will help any child well beyond their time in a kid’s band.

The Ability to Prioritize

Scrolling through social media, watching TV, playing video games, and a ton of other activities are often a lot more fun than the “to-do” list, but playing in a band can help teach the importance of putting aside distractions and prioritizing the important things.

No one can deny that video games are fun. They can help develop hand-eye coordination and can be a fantastic stress release. That being said, they are also terrible for productivity. Time management skills learned from practicing and playing in a band will serve and child well throughout life.

Life Isn’t Always Fair – or Fun

We’ve all heard it before, and as an adult you have first hand experience with the fact that life isn’t always fair and it most certainly isn’t always fun. Learning to deal with disappointment as well as creating a system for handling disappointment is an important part of playing in a band.

They won’t win every competition. In fact, there will be many times where they try their absolute best, but it won’t be enough. Learning to bounce back from these let-downs is a benefit that will help well into adulthood.

There’s nothing quite like playing in a band to teach the value of teamwork. And it’s never too early!

Does your little one want to join a band? Check out our Kidzrock and Jr Rockerz programs, and get them rocking out now!