Did you know there is a correlation between Anxiety and Music?
Parenting is hard. Throw in anxiety, and it is a whole other ball game! For the past year, my DS10 has been struggling with anxiety. It began as angry behavior, fearfulness and frustration in the home and led to interruptions in the classrooms. The parenting strategies that used to work a year ago, now seemed to bring on and heighten his anxiety. It affected his academic marks, his social interactions and his relationships at home. I tried everything to help him through this difficult stage. I sought the teacher’s advice, we met with the educational social team, and I took him to a pediatrician looking for answers. Frustratingly, it is a long and painful process. It can take months to see a doctor, there are reports to fill out and resolutions aren’t found immediately.
Over the summer, I began to really observe my son and watch for things like triggers and things that allowed him to relax to see if I could come up with interim techniques to help him. The one thing that appeared over and over again was music. When he was listening to music, dancing around the kitchen to his favourite song, or playing a beat on any item that made a noise, he was happy.
The Benefits of Music
In my research of music and anxiety in kids, I came across an article in PsychCentral.com that found ‘Musical training may help children focus their attention, control their emotions, and lower their anxiety, according to a new study by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.’ The article goes on to point out that through music training (especially during the ages of 8-18), physical changes to the brain can occur, influencing the thickness of the cortex. The benefits included improved language abilities, increased emotional resilience, increased empathy, increased attention span and focus, increased self-confidence and would help my son conquer the effects of his anxiety naturally. Further studies have suggested things like improved IQ and academic performance can also improve!
The challenge now lies in finding the right music teacher for my child. Unfortunately, I am music illiterate. I have no idea what to look for in a music teacher or how to know if they are qualified or not. I need someone that will understand the challenges my son is experiencing and help him discover away to use his passion for music to lessen these negative emotions. A friend recommended that I check out the Royal Conservatory’s online National Music Teacher Directory to help. The website was so easy to use and I was amazed that I could find a qualified teacher less than 1 km from my house! You simply visit their website, choose the instrument your child wants to play, and enter your postal code. You are then provided with qualified teachers located near you! All of the teachers in their Directory follow The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. This means they follow a sequenced system of music study that follows a national standard of assessment to provide the strongest music foundation for all levels of students.
If you are looking to benefit children in the areas of intellectual, social, and creative potential, then music lessons are the way to go! Visit the Royal Conservatory’s online National Music Teacher Directory to find the nearest, qualified music teacher and start making music!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Royal Conservatory, but like always, all opinions and stories shared are my own!