Importance of Music Lessons

Why is an education in music important?  There are numerous studies out there counting the psychological and physical benefits of playing music, skeptics can research them on their own. What I have here are a few bullets that I find the most beneficial.

  • Learning to play an instrument takes discipline. Not only are students responsible for the upkeep of an expensive instrument, they also must have the gumption to get up and practice daily. The results of practicing, or not, are almost always immediately apparent, and quantitative.
  • Learning how to read and play music doesn’t just teach how to read or play music. A recent study from the University of California finds that music also teaches the brain to think more critically. The study found second graders who had had music lessons scored 27% higher on tests than children without music lessons. Music students are able to associate their musical education with arithmetic and language skills.
  • Through ensembles (such as band and orchestra) students are able to learn at an early age the importance of teamwork.  Young musicians are aware that their performance within the group will affect the success of the performance of the entire group.  They must also learn to listen and respond to their “teammates” to create a successful performance.

In short, music makes you a smarter, better person to which society can benefit from.

 

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. -Plato

You don’t have to take my word for it. Go out, do your research!

 

Science says there are good medical reasons to play…

  • Playing a musical instrument can reverse stress at the molecular level, according to studies conducted by Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems (as published in Medical Science Monitor)
  • Making music can help reduce job burnout and improve your mood, according to a study exposing 112 long-term care workers to six recreational music-making sessions of group drumming and keyboard accompaniment. (as published in Advances in Mind-Body Medicine)
  • Playing music increases human growth hormone (HgH production among active older Americans.  A study following 130 people over two 10-week periods measured participants’ levels of HgH.  The findings revealed that the test group who took group keyboard lessons showed significantly higher levels of HgH than the control group people who did not make music. (University of Miami)

Children and Teens — Playing music positively affects the development of children’s cognitive skills.  It builds confidence, self-discipline and inspires creativity.  Also playing music can increase productivity and help kids and teens connect socially with their peers.

Adults and Seniors — Playing excercies the brain and helps fight memory loss. It helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  And it can stave off depression and loneliness.

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I recommend visiting the Children’s Music Workshop for more fun facts and figures on the importance of an education in music.