Wellbeing and music

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined as the state of being healthy, happy, or comfortable. Wellbeing might refer to emotional, social, or even physical wellness and combined these contribute to the overall happiness a person is feeling.

Wellbeing in young children

These are uncertain times that we are living in and the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on all of us. Whilst adults, for the most part, can find ways of dealing with this stress, we should be mindful of the effect it might be having on the wellbeing of young children. In particular, those of a primary school age, who do not always have the necessary life skills to deal with these feelings or ask for help.

Why is music so beneficial for wellbeing?

Have you ever noticed, how as an adult your mood is lifted when a favourite piece of music or song plays on the radio? You might find yourself smiling, singing along and maybe even dancing to the beat. Good music can lift the soul and make you feel happy. It is not just adults that find music so beneficial. It can be a great way of promoting wellbeing in children also.

In 2009, a Professor at University of London, Graham Welch, conducted a study (The Impact of Music on Human Development and Well-Being) around the music skills of around 1200 primary school aged children in the UK. The study discovered that the better music skills a child possessed, the higher their level of wellbeing.

When children learn to play music together, their social skills can be improved. They are required to pay attention and interact with each other in order to get the best from the music they are learning.

In developing their social skills, children become better at communicating with each other, helping them develop stronger friendship bonds and ultimately leading to higher levels of wellbeing.

These are just a few of the reasons why bringing music into primary schools is such a positive experience. Whilst children are learning music and a range of disciplines, they are also actively improving their mental wellbeing and when they really enjoy the music and dance to the beat, they are even improving their physical health as well.

With all this in mind, why not consider bringing music tuition into your educational establishment? Get in contact to find out more about how Kids That Rock can benefit your students’ wellbeing. 

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