How The Violin Helps Your Children Understand Math
Most children hate math. That is a fact.
What’s also a fact is that math is necessary for children. Especially so if they want to progress far in their studies and career. What we need is to get them started on the right foot. Science points at music instruction as the perfect introduction to mathematics. It also helps develop children’s brain power.
Let’s take a look at how the violin can teach your children math
The Rhythm of Math
Children hate math, but they love music! They are naturally attracted to it. Music relates to math. Any effort required to understand it translates to better math understanding. Sometimes listening with attention is good enough.
For children that are starting with music, the first thing they will encounter is rhythm. In its most basic form, rhythm is the division of time. It involves counting the beats to know your place in the song. Later they will subdivide further into smaller time units. That is excellent for learning multiplication and division by two. All these concepts are very abstract, but music gives a very concrete context. It will help with their understanding of fractions at an intuitive level.
Going further into rhythm and counting, we can divide music in phrases, like a language. Children learn addition and subtraction by fitting melodies in the music. For example, if the measure lasts for 8 beats, they can add a 4 beat phrase and another 4 beat phrase. Or they could add a 5 beat phrase and a 3 beat phrase. Once they practice enough they will be able to improvise this on the fly, without even thinking about it.
Playing the violin enhances parts of the brain of children related to advanced mathematics. Experiments show better problem solving skills on preschoolers, with only 6 months of music lessons!
The Fun Way
Playing music is much more fun than doing math homework.
It develops concentration in a good way. They enjoy what they are doing, and they are focused and self-motivated. That helps them advance without effort. The mathematical lessons they are learning will get ingrained in their brains.
Later they will learn to love math, because they understand the basics at a deep level.