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Developing resilience in children, and how music lessons can help

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

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Resilience is a critical life skill that helps children deal with challenges and stressors they encounter throughout their lives. Resilient children are better equipped to handle setbacks, adapt to changes, and bounce back from difficult situations.


As parents, caregivers and teachers, we can help children develop resilience by providing them with the necessary tools and strategies. Here are some ways to develop resilience in children:


1. Foster a positive and supportive relationship

Building a positive and supportive relationship with your child is the foundation of developing resilience. Children who feel loved and supported are more likely to feel confident and secure, which can help them cope with stress and adversity.


2. Encourage problem-solving skills

Children who learn problem-solving skills are better equipped to handle challenging situations. We can teach children to identify the problem, brainstorm solutions, and evaluate the effectiveness of each solution. We can encourage them to come up with multiple solutions and to consider the consequences of each option.


3. Practice stress-management techniques

It is important to teach children stress-management techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and physical exercise. These techniques can help children manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. We should encourage children to practice these techniques regularly so that they become a part of their daily routine.


4. Teach optimism and positive thinking

Optimism and positive thinking can help children develop a growth mindset and see challenges as opportunities for growth. Encourage children to focus on the positive aspects of a situation and to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones. Teach them to use positive self-talk and to visualise success.


5. Foster independence and responsibility

Children who are given opportunities to be independent and responsible are more likely to develop resilience. Children can be encouraged to take on age-appropriate tasks and responsibilities. Allow them to make mistakes and learn from them, but also provide guidance and support when needed.


6. Build a sense of community and social support

A sense of community and social support can help children feel connected and supported. Encourage children to participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer, or join a club or group that aligns with their interests. This can help them build relationships with peers and adults and develop a sense of belonging.



Resilience and music lessons

Music lessons can be an effective way to help children develop resilience. Learning to play an instrument requires patience, persistence, and the ability to overcome challenges. Here are some ways to build resilience through music lessons:


1. Encourage a growth mindset

Encourage children to adopt a growth mindset when it comes to music. Help them understand that learning an instrument takes time and practice, and that mistakes and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Encourage them to focus on progress rather than perfection and to celebrate small wins along the way.


2. Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals can help children stay motivated and focused. Set achievable goals that are tailored to the child's skill level and interests. Celebrate milestones and progress along the way to help them stay motivated.


3. Practice regularly

Regular practice is essential for building resilience. Encourage children to practice their instrument regularly, even if it's just for a few minutes each day. Help them establish a routine and create a dedicated practice space that's free from distractions.


4. Emphasise the value of hard work

Learning to play an instrument requires hard work and dedication. Help them understand that the effort they put in can directly impact their progress and success. Emphasise the value of hard work and encourage them to persevere through difficult challenges.


5. Encourage self-reflection

Encourage children to reflect on their progress and identify areas for improvement. Help them develop a growth mindset by reframing mistakes and setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth. Encourage them to set new goals and strategies for improvement. See the free download below: 2 stars, a wish, and a plan!


6. Provide social support

Music lessons can be a social activity, and social support can help build resilience. Encourage children to participate in group lessons, ensembles, or performances. This can help them build relationships with peers and adults who share their interests and provide a sense of community and support.


Developing resilience in children is essential to help them navigate life's challenges and setbacks, and music lessons can be an effective way to help children build resilience.


By fostering a positive and supportive relationship, encouraging problem-solving skills, teaching stress-management techniques, promoting optimism, positive thinking and growth mindset, fostering independence and responsibility, and building a sense of community and social support, we can help children develop the resilience they need to thrive.


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