Music Education Benefits Adults in Business

In today’s challenging world, people who can process information quickly, ignore distractions, and switch smoothly from one task to another are enormous advantages to any business. Those skills also extend to home-based businesses. 

New research shows that trained, experienced musicians process these skills disproportionately to other people. 

A new study shows that music training increases our capacity for “fluid intelligence” defined as the ability to think abstractly and solve problems. It also positively enhances our memory, attention, and the ability to plan, organize, and accomplish goals. This supports the positive relationship between music training and cognitive function. 

The study tested several tests on seventy-two college undergraduates.

The undergraduates were grouped into three categories:

  • Musical Experts: People who started formal music training at age ten or younger, and continued for at least a decade
  • Musical Amateurs: Those with at least one year of musical training
  • Non Musicians 

The study’s findings show that musicians with extensive experience scored significantly higher than non-musicians and less-trained musicians. Specifically, they did better on attention, working memory and processing speed. 

They also show that the ability to think abstractly and solve problems is enhanced by musical training, as it involves quickly comprehending a complex symbolic system, multitasking, reasoning, and more.

For example, playing in an ensemble requires the ability to focus on one’s piece without being distracted by other musicians, and processing speed is enhanced by learning to quickly react to the demands of the music, collaborators, etc. 

The results of the executive-function test were the most interesting. The test involves rapidly sorting pictures by shape and color, and musical amateurs performed significantly better than non-musicians but not as well as musical experts.

Regardless of the age you start to study music, the skills learned are useful for any adult in a leadership or executive role. A musical education can also enhance your skills if you are a home-based business. 

Contact the Belinda Brady Arts Academy today to discuss our musical education courses. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

Can Studying Music Help Your Math Skills?

In a previous blog we discussed the benefits of a music education. Today we discuss the connection between music and math. 

Can learning, or listening to, music really help us to learn math? Can specific musical techniques help our brains decode math problems? 

In his 1991 book, Pourquoi Mozart? Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis introduced the theory that classical music, especially Mozart’s music, “retrained” the ear and in turn, reordered some of the brain’s processes. This became known as the “Mozart Effect” and other researchers rushed to investigate the theory. The research found no conclusive proof that listening to classical music raises your IQ or helping your thinking in the long term. 

If there is no benefit to listening to music, what about learning music? At the basic level, music is ordered by rhythm and pitch, and learning about tone exposes a child to mathematical sequences. Similarly, learning about rhythm helps a child learn to count. She is not counting numbers but she is using logic to count out the rhythms and bars as she works through the piece.  

Consider the study involving third-grade students learning basic fractions. The children were encouraged to clap as they worked through the math problems. The students who learned about fractions through a rhythm-and-music-based curriculum outperformed their peers in traditional math classes.

Here’s why:

Fractions help you divide a measure of music into notes of varying length. For example, one four-beat measure could contain a single whole note held for all four beats, two half notes of two beats apiece, four quarter notes of a beat each, and so on. 

In the study, students clapped, drummed, and chanted to memorize the lengths of musical notes, and then solved problems where fractional notes must add up to a full measure of music.

Sixty-seven students participated in the study. Half did math problems using the musical system. After six weeks, the students in the music program averaged 50 percent higher on tests than the children in regular math class. Fractions create a solid foundation for further math education. 

A music education from The Belinda Brady Arts Academy can greatly improve your child’s math skills, and her overall academic growth. Contact us today to discuss your option.

Written by: Nicole Holas

The Ten Benefits of Music Education, continued

In last week’s blog we listed five benefits that a music education offers to a child’s education and personal growth. 

Today we conclude the list with benefits 6 to 10. 

6. Makes the brain work harder: The brain of a musician works differently than a non-musician’s brain. Neuroscience research shows that children involved in music education have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. A musician playing an instrument uses more than their brain.

7. Relieves stress: We all know that listening to a favorite artist or song can lift our mood and relax us. The same goes for creating music. Studying music relieves stress in students. It allows them to immerse themselves in something that’s fulfilling and calming. One student said, “I know that no matter how stressed I was in school, I would always come out happy and relaxed after choir practice.”

8. Creativity: Music nurtures children’s creative abilities, and this can have a positive impact on their future. Creativity is considered one of the top five skills important for success in the workforce. Because music requires creativity and innovation, originality and flexibility are benefits of music education. Students of music programs learn creativity, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills that are necessary in any career. 

9. Helping special needs children: Music can have a powerful impact on children with special needs. It helps them communicate and share their thoughts. For this reason, schools are implementing music therapy after-school programs for students with disabilities.

10. Higher graduation rates: Schools with music programs have higher graduation rates. According to a report, “Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9 percent graduation and 84.9 percent attendance.”

If your child’s school does not offer a music program, consider private lessons through the Belinda Brady Arts Academy. They offer a number of high-quality music programs that can help your child learn new skills and build their self esteem. Contact us today to discuss your options. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

The Ten Benefits of Music Education

Music education offers many benefits to a child’s education and personal growth. 

When a child plays an instrument or sings, they are doing more than moving their fingers or using their voice. They are tapping into various skill sets. They use their senses of sight, hearing, and touch, and a variety of muscle groups. 

Whether studied in school or in private lessons, music education offers numerous benefits. Here are ten of them: 

1. Language skills: Recent studies reveal that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain involved with processing language. Musical training can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. If your child is learning a second language, learning a musical instrument will improve how their brain understands human language. 

2. Improved test scores: Students perform better on tests when they are involved in a high-quality music education program. A university study found that the quality of a music program is key. Students in elementary schools with superior music programs scored about 22 percent higher in English and 20 higher in math on standardized tests compared to schools with lower-quality music programs.  

3. Self-esteem: Studying music builds a student’s confidence as they work towards mastering an instrument or singing a song. Music students learn how to express their opinions and they appreciate it when their interests are understood by others. This creates a sense of acceptance that is critical to their self-esteem.  

4. Listening skills: Musical training develops a person’s ability to listen to themselves, to cues, and to other musicians. Musicians need to hear tempos, dynamics, tuning and harmonies. Music education helps develop the auditory part of the brain, which plays a critical role in our ability to perceive sounds. It is responsible for sound processing, such as determining where a sound originates and identifying what produces the sound. 

5. Math skills: A music student learns fractions when they read quarter, half and whole notes. A music student who learns about rhythm learns how to count notes. They are using logic to count out the rhythms and bars, as they work through a piece of music. Many musical concepts have mathematical counterparts.”

We’ll share the rest of the benefits of musical training in next week’s blog. For now, please visit The Arts Academy website. We offer a number of high-quality music programs that can help your child learn new skills and build their self esteem. Contact us today to discuss your options. 

Written by: Nicole Holas

Express Yourself Using Music

Music is a great tool for expressing human feelings and emotions. A songwriter and singer shares their emotions with every song. Music expresses joy, disappointment, anger, love, anticipation, and a number of other emotions. 

Consider these songs: 

  • We Found Love by Rihanna
  • Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
  • I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston 
  • Hello by Lionel Ritchie 

All of us can relate to the emotions in these songs. Chances are songs remind you of different events in your life. At weddings, brides and grooms enjoy their first dance as husband and wife to “their song.”

Music comes in different forms and styles, from reggae to hip-hop to rock and pop. There’s acapella, solo acts and instrumental melodies. Regardless of the style or cultural background, music connects people in amazing ways. People use music to share stories, celebrate their culture, and connect with God. 

Music is universal. 

Music is also therapeutic. Consider the story of an elderly woman in a medical facility who was angry but could not speak. After three days of escaping her punches, the staff call a certified music therapist. 

She played the song, “Bicycle Built for Two,” and the elderly woman joined in. She knew the words to all the verses. 

That’s the power of music. 

Our bodies are musical. We respond to music by humming, tapping our toes, or dancing to the beat. Some people even believe the movement of blood and fluids in our bodies has a musical rhythm. 

Tap into your hidden musical talents and learn how to express yourself with a Vocal & Music Training course from the Belinda Brady Arts Academy. 

Written by: Nicole Holas