When looking at my youngest son I could tell that he wasn’t treated as one of the popular kids in school. When he was in 2nd grade the kids would call him Einstein which seems like it compliment, but wasn’t. My son’s self esteem was dropping so he decided that he would start acting out as a class clown to get in good favor with others. This helped stop the bullying but didn’t make him any more popular at school. His grades started falling and he had no additional friends. This was not a good place for my son to be in.
I hated seeing my own son like this. I thought that maybe getting him involved in some sports that he would feel like he would fit in more. I enrolled my son in football, golf and some karate. The bad part was is that he wasn’t athletic so he would get teased by others he was playing with.
Musical Instruments in Your Child’s Development
I decided since he liked music to enroll him into some music lessons. He started off wanting to play the clarinet and the piano in 4th grad and moved up to the saxophone in 5th grade. One day he was bullied by a kid that took his instruments case away from him and hit him with it. My son came home and said that he wanted to quit playing music at school. He played piano at home but gave up on it later on.
When he turned 13 it was the turning point for him, he found his love for the electric guitar. The way the electric guitar influenced him was amazing. It gave his a new outlook on life and at school. When considering an electric guitar it was thought of as a cool instrument to play instead of something like a piano.
When learning the guitar you could see the sense of pride that he had on his face. He joined a band and started playing at his school and events. He got so good at the electric guitar that he got invited to many rock venues. At school he was invited to parties by some of the people that picked on him earlier on in life. He got his first girlfriend as well and I could see his confidence in life increasing.
So, how did a cheap guitar end up changing a child’s life? Well, it started with the programs he go into when learning the guitar. He started taking private music lessons and played with other kids his age. He got positive encouragement from his instructors. In society we build up our athletes but a lot of other kids go unnoticed for their talents and feel left behind. My son also joined the church band and got to travel to other countries to perform.
It is always important to show appreciation for a child’s contribution to this world and give positive encouragement. In this world many people are easy to push us down in life, but those that build others up are true supporters of others. Check out my previous post on electronic music in today’s world.
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