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20 Important Benefits of Music

National Association for Music Education

  1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music and songs that can help imprint information on young minds.
  2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in all fields of education and beyond.
  3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
  4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
  5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
  6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
  7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
  8. Emotional development: Students of music tend to be more emotionally developed and intellectually mature, demonstrating more empathy toward other cultures. They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
  9. Students learn pattern recognition: Music learning experiences aid in developing children’s math and pattern-recognition skills. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
  10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or music appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
  11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
  12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
  13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids to relax.
  14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument receive a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set aside time to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
  15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more careers that call for job skills enhanced by artistic study and experiences.
  16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking “outside the box” and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
  17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
  18. Kids learn teamwork: Many music education programs require teamwork as part of a band, choir or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
  19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can help students to learn how to deal with fear and anxiety, which will help them in reaching their potentials in all areas of life.
  20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, performing in a musical event can build pride and confidence in students, as well as developing their ability to communicate and collaborate with others in a joint endeavor.