I am an elementary school teacher and I have seen the benefits of music education first hand. When I worked in California, music education programs were being eliminated and I was appalled. I made sure that my own children were exposed to music education, so that they would not miss out. I then moved to Nevada where it is required that all students participate in music classes. I can not tell you how happy I was to learn this. Music education is incredibly beneficial. If your child doesn’t learn it in school, I would recommend supplementing their education.
Research has shown a link between music instruction and higher scores in both reading and math.
It has an impact on memory, language, and listening skills.
Research has shown that it can also improve second language learning.
Children who grow up exposed to music demonstrate more advanced language development, than children who don’t.
The fingering and gestures involved in playing n instrument improves hand-eye coordination and nuanced muscle control. This is very helpful for improving skills such as cutting and handwriting.
Spatial-temporal relationships are enhanced; improving math skills.
Problem solving skills are improved.
Kids who study music and the arts are more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Social & Study Skills
Children learn how to work together by working in pairs or groups.
Having a regular practice schedule teaches diligence and discipline.
The ability to focus is enhanced.
Children gain confidence, improve self-esteem, and learn to conquer stage fright.