Learning How to Read Sheet Music: The Benefits

Daniella Cressman
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Learning how to read sheet music is a valuable skill in today’s world.

1. YOUR LITTLE MUSICIAN CAN DIVERSIFY THEIR MUSICAL TASTES

Learning how to read sheet music allows your child to master a vast variety of styles, ranging from the jazz of Charlie Parker to modern-day hits by the likes of Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift.

They’ll be able to master the melodic aspects of every piece, imitate their favorite songs roughly after many hours of practice, and perhaps even add their own flair to each song.

2. YOUR KID CAN JAM WITH FELLOW MUSICIANS MORE EASILY

Most people who yearn to master a musical instrument want to enjoy jamming with fellow musicians.

The caveat is this: Depending on who your little virtuoso is playing with, they might need to understand sheet music — Developing this skill will allow them to sight-read and play the correct notes if the band is rushing towards a live performance.

3. YOUR LITTLE VIRTUOSO CAN COMPOSE THEIR OWN SONGS

Chances are, your child wanted to learn to play an instrument or master the art of singing because they dreamed of crafting their own pieces someday.

If they can read music, that means they’ll also have the capacity to write their own songs, stand out against the competition, and perhaps even make their mark on the entertainment industry one day!

4. IT WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE EASIER FOR YOUR CHILD TO MEMORIZE TUNES PRECISELY

Sometimes, improvisation is key.

On the other hand, mastering the art of reading a song precisely is essential if one is part of an orchestra or a school jazz band that has very specific standards.

Either way, it’s key for your little musician to learn the art of sight-reading so that they can thrive in various settings.

5. READING SHEET MUSIC WILL ALLOW YOUR KID TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AS A MUSICIAN

It’s incredibly challenging for anyone to hone their skills in every creative industry, but having a wide range of talents is almost always helpful.

If your kid can read sheet music, they’ll likely have a leg up when it comes to competing with other musicians, crafting their own work, and mastering various styles.

This skill will also allow them to show up prepared for numerous types of bands, whether they’re passionate about classical music, jazz, punk rock, or all three!

Perhaps your child is reluctant to learn the art of sight-reading: They might feel as though it’s an uptight way to play music.

That being said, it’s essential to remind your little virtuoso that music is a competitive industry, particularly if they plan to become a professional someday — It never hurts to add another tool to their toolbox.

In fact, doing so could distinguish them from the competition and provide them with an enormous amount of freedom.

6. READING SHEET MUSIC CAN HELP YOUR KID FIND THEIR OWN MUSICAL STYLE

Learning sheet music is akin to mastering a foreign language: The more you learn, the wider the skies of possibility open.

It’s not unusual for talented musicians to love a wide variety of styles.

In fact, this trend is quite common, especially amongst top performers.

Perhaps your little musician has decided that they want to create their own music and share it with the world in smoky hotel bars, or on the World Wide Web.

While this might feel overwhelming or intimidating as a parent, it’s important to encourage them to follow their dreams: They might just achieve them with your emotional support!

It will be beneficial for your child to master the art of sight-reading because they can introduce themselves to a wide range of genres as a result. They can then begin forming their own style, blending various elements from jazz, funk, and rock’n’roll together, and finding their unique musical voice in the process.

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