girl playing guitar near wall

Learning to play an instrument


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Learning to play a musical instrument when you are a child used to be much more common than it is nowadays. With modern technology keeping children occupied the need and the desire to learn to play a musical instrument seems to be disappearing. Aside from the ability to create music, learning to play a musical instrument can also have an array of other benefits for a child that they will keep with them all throughout their life. Maybe it is time for children to put down the tablets and pick up a guitar.


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  • instrument (noun)
  • play (verb)
  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • common (adjective)
  • musical (adjective)
  • talented (adjective)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • childhood (noun)

The Question

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What are the benefits of learning to play an instrument as a child?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Learning to play an instrument
  • Did you play a musical instrument when you were a child? If yes, did you like it?
  • What are the common musical instruments children learn to play?
  • Do you think that the majority of children who learn to play an instrument actually enjoy it?
  • What do you think a child learns from playing a musical instrument?
  • If you could go back in time what would you like to have learnt to play when you were growing up?

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