The Benefits of Music Education

Early musical training helps develop the areas of the brain associated with language and reasoning. Studies have shown that musical training develops the part of the left side of the brain which affects language. It enforces memory and recall as well.

There is also a link between music and the ability to perceive, retain and recall  and visualize complex elements and their “connections”. The ability to remember tunes and their associated lyrics is a key factor for building comprehension, logic and problem solving skills.  Music is based on mathematics; the merging of lyrics, tempo and pitch is an effective tool for developing recall, and logical thinking.

Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by. Music and the Arts promotes intellectual thinking and promotes  problem solving and imagination. Music is flexible, and reaches that problems and challenges, like the arts, do not have only one right solution.

Students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests, typically achieving higher grades in high school due to the discipline of practice and performance. A study of music and art also provides a glimpse of other cultures, and promotes an appreciation of diversity, empathy for other cultures.  Music and the arts teaches intellectual discipline and craftsmanship, as well as developing  goals for higher achievement.

Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline and the knowledge that all members of a group, regardless of roles have to work together towards a single goal, Individually they must carry their own weight and commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.

Music provides a child a sense of means of self-expression. Self-esteem is its by-product. It focuses on “doing,” and achievement not just ‘observing”. It teaches them to conquer fear by preparation and to take calculated risks and. Dealing with anxiety and “risk-taking” is essential to fully develop their potential.

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