10 Positive Impacts of Music Education

by | Mar 22, 2017

Music makes you feel good; it’s as simple as that. In fact, there is even data and research by specialists to back all of this up. Not only is music highly pleasurable, it provides many benefits to your mind, body, and soul. Linking cognitive, social and emotional development, not to mention playing a massive part in one overall happiness and well-being. This is why many education sectors are now beginning to promote music in schools, and Newzik couldn’t agree more! With the vast amount of studies past and present proving just how crucial it all is, we now want to it with you.

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1. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT 

Music education develops critical and creative skills, analytical thinking and spatial intelligence. A musician demonstrates a stronger imagination and intellectual curiosity solves problems at a faster rate and can conceive more easily abstract objects. Therefore providing the tools to grasp advanced mathematics. Why is this you ask? well, these are the elements a musician will use daily. 

2. HEIGHTENED SCORE RESULTS

Test scores are improved with music education. Some studies have proven this, for instance, a case study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga published in 2004 found a small increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons.

3. AUDITORY ATTENTION IMPROVEMENTS

Music education improves memory development and equips you with auditory attention. Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, teaches a specialized music curriculum for children aged two months to nine years. He has stated that “There is some good neuroscience research which shows that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than children who are, not musically trained. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain”.

4. ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Another benefit of Music Education is that It teaches perfection to students. The musically-educated does not like handing in low-quality work, just as they don’t like playing their instruments badly.

5. TEAM WORKING SKILLS

Being musically involved helps to improve, hand-eye coordination and teamwork skills just like as in sports.

6. CONFIDENCE BUILDING

Although Music Education can be challenging, once you’ve succeeded it is highly rewarding. Especially since it teaches you to take risks in achieving your own goals.

7. EDUCATION MOTIVATION

Music and creativity in general increases one’s interest in schooling and education. It provides a source of relaxation and focus, which many children and adults lack. 

8. SELF DISCIPLINE 

Self-discipline and motivation are actually linked very closely if a child does not enjoy what he or she is doing then why would he/she focus? Hence resulting in lack of self-discipline. Similar to that of a ballet dancer. The ballet dancer yerns for a smooth performance, and because of the amount of dedicated practice he/she has put in, the end result will be as desired. 

9. LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

A child that is exposed to music from a young age will naturally begin developing his or her speech and rhythmical patterns, without even noticing.

10. WELLBEING

In a 2013 issue of Science, Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, along with several other colleagues, reported that music triggers the same dopamine levels and activity as when released during eating. This chemical is known as ‘the pleasure chemical. Now its more understandable as to why we all crave music the same way we crave food.

 

CONCLUSION

There are many benefits to exploring the innermost depths of the musical world, physically, emotionally and mentally. Music is the foundation for the overall growth and development of both children and adults. Today, we need to be seeing an increase in awareness within schools and settings, that music education is also a curriculum topic that requires attention.

So let’s get educating!

 

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