How Music and Kumon Help Your Children Learn
Earlier this year, we highlighted how practicing a musical instrument and completing Kumon assignments are similar in our blog post, “5 Similarities Between Kumon and Learning a Musical Instrument That Lead to Success.” In honor of Universal Music Day on October 12th, we’re highlighting three additional ways that learning to play music and the Kumon Program are alike.
- Build motor skills
When your children begin to learn how to play a musical instrument, they must know the correct way to position their hands. The position of your children’s hand depends on the instrument that they are studying. For example, pianists must arch their hands when practicing the piano while violinists round the fingers of their left hands when playing the violin.
That same principle applies to Kumon Students as they learn how to write through the Kumon Program. Students learn how to hold and use pencils through line tracing exercises beginning with short line and later advancing to long, curved lines. As students progress through these stages of the Kumon Program, they develop the fine motor skills needed to trace and write numbers independently.
- Understanding differences in sounds and words
When studying how to play an instrument, children learn that one note sounds differently than another. A combination of notes creates various sounds as well. For example, the notes C, E and G all sound very different from each other, but when combined together they make the C major chord.
Through the Kumon Reading Program, students develop their pre-reading skills to learn to identify and properly sound out words through specific consonant blends and vowel combinations. For example, children will understand that the “bl” sound in “black” is the same sound as in “block,” “blue,” and “blow.”
- Learn how to read
One of the major benefits of learning how to play a musical instrument is that you learn how to read a musical composition. When looking at a musical score or a series of notes, a music student can identify the notes being played in that specific piece and how fast or slow that piece should be played.
Similarly, the Kumon Program can not only teach students how to read, but also how to tackle specific problems in both math and reading. For example, just as the opening to Beethoven’s Fur Elise may look foreign or strange to someone who does not play a musical instrument, algebraic or calculus problems would look strange to those who do not understand the basic principles of the two subjects.
Excerpt from opening of Beethoven’s Fur Elise
Can you think of any additional ways that playing a musical instrument is similar to the Kumon Program?