Learning is emotional

Learning is emotional, and the effect of emotions in learning shouldn’t be underestimated. It is important to understand the sensibility of a child: some children may seem mature, but they still are children inside. Emphasizing emotions and mental images while learning music strengthens neural connections and help information to reach long-term memory. Instead of memorizing through sheet music, the actual goal should be in understanding music with the whole body. Encouraging the child to do her/his own material (improvising, composing) and integrating theory to instrument lessons furthermore support emotional learning.

Gross motor training is very important to achieve a balanced physical relationship when playing an instrument: weak gross motor skills can cause mental and physical tension. Sports and play support the gross motor system and help finding the balance and relaxedness of the body. It is important to encourage the child to have other interests besides music.

Positive emotions and a positive frame of mind make people feel well and get a stronger connection to their inner potential. Strengthening the positive thinking while making music helps the mind to reach the goals. Gratitude is the strongest positive force: cultivating gratitude is essential for learning profoundly. Cultivating gratitude can be encouraged for example by emphasizing the importance of the fellow students teachers and other musicians.


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