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10 Ways Music Can Help Your Foster Child

They say that music is a universal language. Regardless of where you are from or what your background, a good melody is something that everyone can enjoy and understand. For children, music provides many, many benefits. Experts agree there are lots of good things about letting your child learn to play an instrument.

Everyone who tuned into The Voice UK last Saturday was stunned by the show-stopping performance by Mo Adeniran. The 21-year-old singer revealed that he had grown up in foster care, and music had helped him to better interpret his feelings when he was young and didn’t quite understand what was going on. He said that he enjoyed listening to music that was filled with ‘so much hope and happiness’. Mo also described music as the feeling of a parent – ‘the comfort of a mother and the motivation of a father.’

If this isn’t enough to encourage your foster child to pick up a musical instrument, here are 10 reasons that might.

  1. It will boost their brain power

Studies show a correlation between higher academic achievement with children who are exposed to music.

  1. It will improve their memory

Help your kids remember more (and learn more) with music. Further research has shown that participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory by stimulating different patterns of brain development. 

  1. It helps them socially

Being part of a musical group can teach kids to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together. 

  1. It’s a confidence builder

Children can discover that they can develop a skill by themselves, that they can get better and better. It’s sure to build their confidence! 

  1. It teaches patience

Real life demands patience. When playing in a band or orchestra, you have to be willing to wait your turn to play otherwise the sound is a mess. This inadvertently teaches patience. 

  1. It can help them connect

Music can be a much-needed connection for kids to unwind from the worries of life. 

  1. It’s constant learning

Music is inexhaustible – there is always more to learn! 

  1. It’s a great form of expression

Music can give kids the ability to express nuances of emotional life for which there are no words. 

  1. It teaches discipline

Commitment to a music group, attending lessons and regular practicing can all teach children discipline. 

  1. It fosters creativity

Above all, playing music – particularly as kids get to more advanced levels in it – is a creative pursuit. Creativity is good for the mind, body and soul.

For more on this topic click here.

The Voice UK continues on ITV1 Saturday at 8pm.

To hear Mo Adeniran’s audition, click here.

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