About a few days after school started my son Tyler came home with the biggest smile on his face and announced to me that he had joined the band at his school. Now I have to admit that at first I didn’t have the best reaction. I was more focused on the fact that he didn’t ask permission. Then he explained how the band teacher came into his class, explained what band was all about, and then asked who was interested in joining. Once he raised his hand his teacher changed his schedule and he was in band. I could have changed his schedule but after talking it over with The Husband I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to allow him to stay and give it a shot. Best decision we ever made. It seems that since Tyler has entered band he has changed so much. I have always heard that music can have a positive affect on a child but I didn’t understand it until I witnessed it myself. Here are five ways that music changed Tyler:
- Independence: Tyler has become way more independent since entering band. He knows that there are things that he is required to do to stay in band like keep his grades up, his chores, and take care of the cats. Since being able to stay in band is a reward he has definitely stepped it up.
Confidence: My young man has become way more confident. I can tell in the way he speaks and acts.
Social: Tyler is definitely way more social than he used to be. Before he was more quiet and he had to warm up to you before he had fun. He still has to warm up to a scenario or situation but once he does he is all in.
Open: He is more open to trying new things now. It usually takes some convincing to get him to try new things. He definitely gets that from his mom. I am still working on this myself.
Self-esteem: His self-esteem has gone way up. He is getting comfortable in his skin and happy with who he is. I am hoping that he sticks with music because I can definitely see him going places with it. Right now he is playing the drums and he wants to expand to the saxophone. He is so excited.
Does your child play an instrument? What changes have you noticed in her/him? How long have they been in it?