Many of us would like our children to learn to play a musical instrument or sing so they can experience the beauty and fun that musicians draw from their art across a lifetime. But did you know that there are other powerful reasons to involve your child in musical education?In this article, we’ll take a look at these reasons and explore what science says about how music education can accelerate the development of a child’s brain, cognitive abilities, and learning outcomes.
The following is based on over 200 studies that are categorised and summarised on this page about the benefits of music education statistics and findings. We will not include another references list in this article as that page already serves as one.
When people discuss the benefits of music education they often focus on this area alone because it’s so compelling. Training in music boosts grades across all academic subjects as well as performance in IQ tests, attention span, listening, and focus.
These benefits are enough to convince many teachers and parents of the wider value of music education because they act as an accelerator to all other learning.
But there are more benefits of music education that improve a child’s development in terms of learning and intelligence. Studies have shown that children who study music display improvements in problem-solving and the ability to plan, organize, and complete tasks, all critical skills for coursework (and life in general).
Studies have proven that children who participate in music training demonstrate better verbal memory and improved memory recall, both crucial to the learning and development process.
Children who have received music education show improvements in:
- linguistic skills
- ability to distinguish words
- reading skills
- test scores for English
And with this increased ability to communicate comes an improved ability to understand and to make themselves understood. This has positive effects on both learning and social outcomes, which leads us nicely into point 4.
Children who have received music education show increases in:
- prosocial skills
- spontaneous cooperative behaviour
- helpful behaviour
So it’s easy to see how this helps them to feel happy and comfortable at school while being more cooperative, able to be guided, and successful in group activity participation.
Music education can accelerate the development of the part of a child’s brain responsible for auditory function. This is likely connected to the improved language outcomes listed above.
In terms of motor function, music education leads to significant improvement in perceptual-motor skills which enables a child to better interact with their environment in general.
The video below highlights more of the specific benefits of music education in bullet point form.
Music education is a powerful development accelerator that all children now have access to thanks to the internet. If you cannot access music lessons via your child’s school, private tutors are a good option, and if cost is a concern don’t be disheartened, online lessons (even free ones) are easy enough to find with a little searching.