Music and the Brain
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
Countless research has been done which proves how beneficial music is to the lives of the people it touched – but the benefits for children are greater than you think.
Did You Know…
Music Benefits a child’s Academic Skills
When a child listens to classical music the right hemisphere of their brain is activated, and but studying a musical instrument “lightens” up both? The lightened areas are the same areas that are involved in analytical and mathematical thinking. Moreover, significant correlations between the number of years of instrumental music instruction and academic achievement in math, science and language arts have been recorded.
Music Benefits a child’s Mathematical Skills
Test cases proved that a group of second graders from an inner-city school who received piano training twice a week scored as high in standardized math test as did fifth graders in a nearby affluent neighborhood. Children with piano/keyboard training performed 34 percent higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than those who didn’t.
Music Benefits a child’s Thinking Skills
In the first years of life, the brain undergoes rapid physical development. Studies show participation in music can influence that process with lifetime ramifications. Moreover, reasoning ability, intuition, perception, imagination, inventiveness, creativity, problem-solving skills and expression are among the thought processes associated with study of the arts.
Music Benefits a child’s Social Skills
Art-involvement teaches children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem-solving, decision- making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision.
Music Benefits a child’s Motivation to Learn
Studies show that involvement in the arts positively affected the motivation of students created through a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and develops the courage to dare.