If you're concerned that your child might be tempted to spend much of the summer lazing around the house, it's time to find something for him or her to do — and the answer can come in the form of music summer camp. Whether your child has no experience with an instrument or has been playing for years, you can find a summer camp that suits his or her level and allows the child to expand on his or her repertoire of skills throughout the duration of the camp. In addition to being a better player by the end of the camp, here are some other advantages of enrollment.
A Chance To Reduce His Or Her Stress
Even if you're not aware of it, there's a good chance that your child is stressed at times. Playing an instrument at music summer camp will allow his or her stress to melt away. Making music is an effective way to reduce the body's stress levels, whether your child is stressed about issues with friends or anxious about returning to school in the fall. You want your child's mental health to be in the best shape possible, and enrollment in camp can help in this regard.
A Self-Esteem Boost
Regardless of their age, many children develop varying degrees of self-esteem issues. Taking part in music summer camp can be beneficial in this regard. Improving his or her aptitude with an instrument and contributing as a member of a large group to put on polished performances can't help but improve your child's self-esteem. He or she will feel a sense of satisfaction at working toward mastering an instrument and be able to say to himself or herself by the end of camp, "I am good at something."
It's advantageous for children to develop a sense of self-discipline as early as possible, as doing so will help them through their school years and beyond. Attending music summer camp can help to instill discipline — to contribute positively, your child will need to not only attend and participate in each of the music sessions at camp but also practice an instrument on his or her own time. Being disciplined enough to practice daily, perhaps even when other friends are relaxing all summer, will show your child the importance of working hard and keeping focused on an end goal — which, in the case of music summer camp, might be a recital at the end of camp.
Do you have dogs in the home that suffer from anxiety? If so, have you ever tried playing soothing music during the times that the anxiety seems to be at its worst? I had a dog that would literally dig his way through walls when he couldn't see any of the family around. After reading some articles about the calming effects of music on a dog, I began leaving a radio on in my bedroom with him when I had to go to work. It did the trick. Continue reading what I have included here on my blog to learn more about the effects of music on your dog.