Music has always played a big part in children’s lives, from their favorite children’s songs to the music played on children’s television programs. The educational benefits that music provides have been known for centuries. For children, research has shown that the effects of music education have had a positive and long lasting impact. As well, studies now show that music education will have a positive impact well into adulthood.
Below is a list of the music education benefits for children:
Physical Development of the Brain: The brain of a child is constantly developing. Early musical training helps a child’s brain physically develop the part of the left side that is involved with processing language. Musical training can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways that improves brain’s function.
Boost Spatial Intelligence: There have been many studies that have shown that music education helps a child develop the ability to form mental pictures and perceive the world correctly. That is, a child will better develop the ability to visualize how things are put together which helps with the development of keen problem solving skills. A child is better able to develop critical thinking skills.
Improve Creative and Innovative Thinking: Music education helps children learn to imagine various solutions to a problem and process these solutions to rule out possible solutions in an effort to come up with the correct solution. Children will learn to think outside the box when faced with a challenging problem. There have been studies that have shown that students who have had a musical education, score higher on standardized tests and achieve higher grades in school.
Appreciation for Hard Work: Children who have a music education will learn the rewards of working towards and achieving a specific goal. They learn the value of a sustained effort to achieve excellence and the discipline that is required to accomplish a goal. They learn that the rewards of hard work results in a successful performance.
Teamwork Skills: When in a school band or another music organization, children develop a strong work discipline and teamwork skills. They will work with other music students as a team to achieve excellence in their musical performance. As well, they will benefit from practicing with other students in a harmonious manner.
Self-Expression: Music education helps children learn how to express themselves in creative and healthy ways which will lead to developing excellent communication skills. Through self-expression, children’s self-confidence and self-esteem will be boosted. They will be more likely to take on challenges in other areas of their lives. Children will get in touch with their feelings and will be able to understand and manage their emotions in a productive way. As well, it teaches them to conquer their fears, insecurities, and overcome shyness.
Many studies have been conducted that have shown the positive impact of music on brain development. Children will learn to be more open and confident in all areas of their lives, including school. The development of excellent communication skills, study skills, and cognitive skills, will greatly benefit their school studies. Recent research suggests that exposure to music may benefit a child’s IQ, reading age, memory, and the development of certain parts of the brain.
For parents who want their child to have every opportunity in life, providing them with a quality music education will help them open many doors of opportunities in the future. Music is a powerful tool and can dramatically improve and enrich the lives of the children. It just makes sense for parents to encourage their children to participate in a music education program.