Think group music lessons don’t affect a child’s emotional intelligence? Yamaha Music Education shares how these lessons have a powerful impact on EQ and why it’s important in helping students achieve success!
EQ, emotional quotient, is the measure of emotional intelligence including empathy, intuition, creativity, flexibility, resilience, coping, stress management, leadership, integrity, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills. EQ is the ability to understand and manage your emotional life, which in turn will affect the life of others around you.
As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Those of us who survive and thrive in this complex world are not only the most adaptable, but also the most optimistic and the most likely to have a high EQ. Your EQ has more to do with your success and happiness in life than your IQ and the good news is that it can be learned.
Young children bring curiosity, physicality, keen ears and delight in learning to class. The parent brings lifelong experience with the learning process and experience in building relationships.
What does EQ have to do with piano lessons?
Group music lessons help students develop the positive attitudes and skills needed for collaboration, leadership and peer acceptance. Children naturally like to play and work together because it adds excitement to their learning and they work collaboratively.
Group piano lessons can also:
- encourage communication in a positive verbal and nonverbal manner
- develop cooperation with peers
- help students achieve success
- teach children self-control
- help students accept the consequences of their own behavior
Relationships take time and patience and compromise
In music class the child is learning to listen and accept instruction. It is important to let this process take place by not restating what the teacher said. Children want to please parents and to earn their respect. It is the parent’s job to be the companion, cheerleader and coach.
"In short, we've been impressed: the program included ear training, solfege singing, and rhythm training, in addition to piano instruction. We loved how the group setting and parent participation were integral to the early curriculum.
In the last four years, we’ve had so many wonderful experiences at Yamaha."
- Yamaha Boston Parent Jeanne Hayes
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