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