Why Music is So Important
What Psychology Today says about music and play.
Benefits of Musical Training:
- Musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.
- Beginning training before the age of seven has been shown to have the greatest impact. The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult.
- Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.
From a Psychology Today blog post titled “Musical Training Optimizes Brain Function” showing research that found musical training can cause fundamental changes in both the structure and function of a young person’s brain.
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10 Reasons Music is Important for Children
- Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
- Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
- Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they’re proven to improve academics.
- Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
- In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
- Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
- Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22 better on English and 20% better on math standardized exams.
- Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to high earnings.
- Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training
- A 2004 Stanford University study showed that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language.