The team at Valley Learning Center loves to encourage our wonderful preschoolers and early learners to take up any and all hobby they might find interesting. Whether your youngster wants to be the next Ken Griffey, Jr. or is more akin to Eric Clapton, there isn’t really a wrong choice when it comes to their early interests. If you find yourself parenting a self-proclaimed instrument virtuoso, you may have noticed certain skills your child has gained or boosted since starting to play. If you are curious what skills you may see your youngster improve in over their playing career, you’re in luck. Today, Valley Learning Centers wants to give you some insight on what skills you can expect your child to gain or improve upon after taking up an instrument and why after school music programs or lessons are potentially a great option.

Listen, Listen, Listen

It may go without saying, but learning to play an instrument will boost a child’s ability to listen more than nearly anything else. To be successful in music, listening to the sounds playing produces is the most crucial piece because if it doesn’t sound right, then the wrong note may have been played, which can be a great troubleshooting tool. Tuning instruments helps children differentiate between notes and pitches, which translates to attention to detail outside of bars and strings. If a band, orchestra, or ensemble are involved, sound details are crucial as a musician will rely on queues in music and tempo, which can make or break a performance.


Strings, brass, and ivory all require the strong usage of hands to make those instruments make music. Regardless of where a child starts with their hand strength or comfortability moving their fingers to and fro, learning the ins and outs of an instrument such as a guitar, trumpet, or piano will require their dexterity to increase whether they realize it or not. This will be a useful strength later on, even if they decide their instrument is no longer for them. Steady hands and strong grips will be handy in things like writing, throwing a ball, or shaking someone’s hand.

Practice Makes Perfect

Valley Learning Center likes to stress the importance of dedication when it comes to early childhood education and kids programs. In terms of learning music, there will be no way for your youngster to succeed in their instrumental curriculum if they don’t practice outside of their lessons or classroom. Encouraging your child to practice when they have free time is a great step in instilling the old adage of “practice makes perfect.” Rather than goofing off, teaching your kids to use their free time to move towards a goal will create some of the best habits for their adult lives – skills that some of us still struggle with!

Valley Learning Center loves when our youngsters find a hobby or activity they really enjoy. If they need a break from their other activities, want to work on their social skills, or need a wonderful preschool or daycare where they will be cared for and encouraged to excel, bring them to one of the 10 locations we have in the Phoenix area. We are excited to meet you and your kids, so stop by today and see what makes us the best daycare and childhood learning center in Arizona!