It's obviously a tough time with exam stress, the never-ending syllabus, and the looming anxiety. And you may be wondering whether your child should practice music during school exams.
Well, these problems are exactly what makes practicing music all the more important around this time.
There are several benefits to practicing music that can make this time easier for both you and your kid, but it’s crucial to strike a balance and ensure that your child doesn’t feel overburdened. Be open to communication with your kid about how they are feeling and let music be a tool that helps them relax during their exams:
- Reduce Stress
Imagine your child is feeling anxious for an upcoming exam. Instead of ruminating over their fears, encourage them to play some music. This will engage their brain in a pleasurable activity while also offering a distraction. You should also encourage them to be regular in music classes for their mental well being. This would reduce their stress response and elevate their mood.
- Better Focus
Let’s assume your kid is overwhelmed by the amount of syllabus they need to over. Now imagine a scenario where they spend the entire weekend studying with very brief breaks to eat and sleep. By the end of the weekend, they would be exhausted, and unable to focus. Now imagine a different scenario, where they study for an hour or two, take a break to play with their siblings or to attend their music class and practice music. By the end of the weekend, your kid has covered the same amount of syllabus but is more focused and well rested.
- Increased Confidence:
Music classes and practice can help boost a child's confidence and self-esteem, which can be especially important during exam season when children may be feeling anxious or unsure of themselves. On the other hand, discontinuing music classes during exams and resuming them have an adverse effect on the kid’s confidence. A disruption in continuity can make it difficult for the child to pick up from where they left off making them feel incompetent.
- Better Academic Performance:
Numerous studies have shown that children who study music often perform better academically, including in subjects such as math and science. This is because music training can improve attention, memory and problem solving skills. Additionally, less stress, confidence, and a holistic studying schedule contribute to the kid’s performance leading to exceptional results.
- Long Term Benefits:
Learning to play an instrument or sing is a lifelong skill that can provide many benefits, including improved social skills, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for music. Continuing music classes during exams can help ensure that children continue to develop these skills without disruption and learn time management, an essential skill for a happy and successful life.
Overall, it is recommended to continue your child’s music education during exams. But it’s also important to remember that they are just kids and their emotional and mental well being should be the priority. So, instead of viewing music as another subject they need to prepare for, let it be a source of joy and inspiration. This can go a long way in helping the kids relax, improve their academic performance, and achieving their full potential.