Some Benefits of a Music Education
- Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.
- There is also a link between music and spatial intelligence the sort of thinking necessary for solving advanced mathematics problems.
- Students of arts, like music, learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
- Recent studies show that students who study the arts, like music, are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
- In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by sustain attention and work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
- Music instruction enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra or band to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.
- Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
- Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on “doing,” as opposed to observing. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above.
- Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.
River Heights School of Music
2025 Corydon Ave. #202
(2nd floor of the Tuxedo Shopping Centre)