When the holidays approach, music more often than not plays an important part in the lives of many people more so than it does during the other months of the year. Classic and modern holiday tunes fill the streets and shops, school recitals and choir performances are held, and so many more community events allow everyone to make the most of the wonderful benefits of music.
This is why it is crucial to encourage people to take advantage of the musical opportunities being offered during these bright times. It often serves as the big push or the springboard that a learner needs to continue making music throughout the next year.
Making music with your family is beneficial on several levels. Aside from the mental development it provides for young children, it also strengthens the bond of families across all generations. Both making and listening to music also leads to increased feelings of happiness and motivation. Take a look at some more reasons why you should make music with your family during the holidays:
- Create and Recall Wonderful Memories
Make the past come alive by playing songs that trigger a wonderful moment from yesteryear. Decorate the tree as you sing a beloved holiday tune or perform a song at a religious event or holiday party to form happy memories and bonds with friends and family.
- Boost Development Across The Board
Making music stimulates physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, as well as boosts self-esteem, confidence and all-too-important concentration skills. During the crucial years of childhood, engaging actively with music helps with this brain development while strengthening the bond between children and their teachers. Having family members listen or perform with them serves the same purpose as well. Even simple singing of carols, dancing to holiday tunes or attending a holiday-themed performance helps. Consistency is key!
- Say Goodbye To Stress
We all know how the holidays call for happiness and merrymaking, but the truth is that is often too stressful. From crowded venues to last-minute planning, stress hormones are working full time and can severely affect your mood if left unchecked. Sing along to a feel-good tune or play music as you navigate the shops or parking lot to help you stay calm and even provide a good model for kids on how to deal with stress in a healthy manner.