Music often plays an important part in everyone’s life. Whether by listening to it, singing music, or playing an instrument, music has become an integral part of society. Parent’s often ask what position music plays in education, and if it is important. Below are several ways that music can directly affect a child’s success in academics.
1. Music training helps develop language and reasoning. Students who have musical training early on will develop areas of the brain that are directly related to language and reasoning.
2. Mastery of Memorization. Music teaches student musicians to use their memory when performing, and memorization can be a powerful tool in education.
3. Students learn to improve their work. Learning music teaches children craftsmanship, which makes them want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This trait can be applied to schoolwork as well, pushing them to strive to do better.
4. A sense of achievement. Learning to play music can be challenging, but is a very achievable goal, which teaches students the pride of achievement.
5. Kids stay engaged in school. When students have a class they can look forward to, such as music, it keeps them engaged in school and subsequently they are more likely to do well in other subjects.
6. Success in society. Music is an integral part of society, and helps to shape children’s character. Musical education can contribute to children’s intellectual development and give them a sense of pride.
7. Better SAT scores. According to the College Board National report, students who participated in music and arts scored, on average, 60 points higher on the verbal section and 43 points higher on the math section.
8. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity. When music is introduced in early childhood, it can help foster a positive attitude towards learning and curiosity. Music helps develop a child’s brain and their imagination.
9. Development in creative thinking. Kids who study music can learn to see things and think more creatively. It teaches them to solve problems by looking at the bigger picture and finding that there is more than one right answer.
10. Better self-confidence. Music is an opportunity for a child to shine, and with encouragement from family, teachers, and other students, it can help build their confidence and develop their communication skills.
We hope that you have found our short list of how music can enrich a child’s life. We would love to hear how if you see other ways that music has impacted your child’s life.