All children should have access to play and create music, according to the leading manufacturer of outdoor musical instruments.
To celebrate World Kids’ Music Day on the 1st October, Percussion Play is calling for the support of Article 31 from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a child’s right to “relax and play”, as the demand for outdoor instruments hits a record high for the manufacturer.
Article 31 also states that children have a right to “join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities” and with a renewed focus on children and play after the pandemic, there has never been a more important time to champion play and the benefits outdoor music has for children.
Percussion Play has published research into the benefits of music for children outlining how being exposed to music from a young age, particularly within a school or nursery setting, has been proven to encourage teamwork, self-confidence, empathy, improved communication skills and intellectual curiosity. Children who have had the opportunity to develop these skills and behaviors in early life often turn out to be happier, healthier and higher-achieving adults.
Research also shows playing musical instruments accelerates the emotional development of children because children learn how to communicate with others and through playing different musical pieces, they become familiar with other cultures and cultural practices. This means that children who play musical instruments develop the ability to show compassion and empathy towards others and to have respect for other cultures.
Percussion Play is the leading manufacturer of outdoor musical instruments and is seeing an ever-increasing interest in their inclusive outdoor instruments, with record sales this year.
They have seen particular interest from many schools across the US and supply a range of musical instruments from the Calypso Chimes to the Harmony Flowers.
Jody Ashfield, Founder and CEO of Percussion Play said: “It’s never been more important to encourage children’s outdoor play and on World Kids’ Music Day we want to champion the importance of outdoor music and recognize its ability to promote play and creativity. We would like education settings and communities to recognise the importance of outdoor music for children and hope every child can reap the benefits of playing music in the great outdoors”.