Want to boost your child's brainpower? Introduce them to an instrument. A recent article in Time magazine explained that taking up a musical instrument when you're young keeps your brain sharp as you age. But that's not the only benefit of hitting the high notes. Playing an instrument — especially if they excel — could provide potential scholarships for your child. Even if they don't go down the professional route, picking up any of these instruments is bound to boost your child's brain, social skills, and musical talent.
If your little one likes to hit the pots and pans, then they may have drummer potential. Not only is it cool to play the drums, but it's also a great workout. A study found that drummers burn 250-600 calories an hour
. Not bad for a sit-down instrument!
Think of the clarinet as a larger slightly, more complicated version of the elementary school recorder. This woodwind appears in marching and performance bands, giving your child plenty of opportunities to play. Not to mention all that breathing will improve their lung capacity!
Since not too many kids take on the harp, your child is bound to stand out for all the right reasons. And even parents will benefit from their playing, as the harp has been shown to calm and reduce blood pressure for those who listen to it.
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