The Benefits of Music Education
By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | July 4, 2018
Does music education affect your child’s ability to learn? The short answer is a simple and resounding YES! Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.
Studies have shown time and time again that the earlier a child learns a second language, the easier they find it learn more languages later on. So what does this have to do with music?
A group of trained jazz musicians was recently studied. They were attached to probes and asked to listen to some music, while brain scans were being performed. The study showed that while listening to music, the language centre of the brain was being activated. So music, in essence, is just like learning a new language! When you learn music, you are learning a second language. When you listen to music or play music, you are speaking a second language.
This means that if your child starts learning music from a young age, they will be able to learn languages faster later on. This will give them a huge advantage over other students. They will also learn to express themselves better.
Other areas of learning
Research and studies have found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects. This enhances skills that children use in other areas.
“A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.
“Music learning supports all learning. Not that Mozart makes you smarter, but it’s a very integrating, stimulating pastime or activity.”
A study, published by E Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto found a small increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons.
The children who were given music lessons year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups. The drama group didn’t have the same increase in IQ but did experience increased social behaviour benefits not seen in the music-only group.
Improved Test Scores
A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts. Johnson compares the concentration that music training requires to the focus needed to perform well on a standardised test.
In conclusion, if your child starts learning an instrument from a young age, they will be better spoken, have a higher IQ and get better test results. If you want the best for your child, ensure that they take up music lessons.
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