30 Facts About Music Education

Everyone knows that music is fun. But did you know how many different benefits music education has for people of all ages? Check out how music can change and improve your life – and make you a better parent, too!

Facts about music education for young children

Music helps development:

  1. It’s never too early to start music education! Studies show that children as young as 5 months can feel the beat and react rhythmically to music.
  2. Playing music develops a stronger connection between brain hemispheres and enhances communication between both parts of the brain – and that results with improved reasoning skills.
  3. It supports language learning. Practising music affects auditory cortex, makes you more responsive to auditory stimuli and helps you differentiate between sounds. And that comes in handy when you learn a foreign language, but also benefits little children acquiring their mother tongue.
  4. Music and sports are alike – they both improve hand-eye coordination and help children develop their small motor skills.
  5. It stimulates child’s curiosity – and that develops an open mind ready and eager to learn about the world.

Music supports emotional development:

  1. Learning an instrument teaches kids patience – they have to wait and practice before they master a given song and get emotional gratification.
  2. Music promotes emotional health – singing or making music is a great way to express yourself and deal with your feelings.
  3. Singing lullabies to little children not only puts them to sleep but also helps them to regulate their emotions (More surprising facts about lullabies here).
  4. Music can be a good way to teach children about other cultures and stimulate their open minds – try listening to different pieces and instruments from around the world.

Facts about music education for students

Music enhances social and emotional skills:

  1. Listening to calm music on its own can reduce stress and make you feel relaxed. Active participation (such as singing or playing an instrument) has even stronger effects when it comes to stress reduction.
  2. Practising an instrument teaches discipline. It requires commitment, regular practising and good time management.
  3. Music education can give you a sense of achievement and help you feel better about yourself. According to studies practising an instrument boosts self-esteem.
  4. Children and teenagers who study music at school are a group at a lesser risk of substance abuse than average students.
  5. Music promotes teamwork. Be it music lessons, playing in a band or singing in a choir – music teaches people how to work and get along with each other.
  6. Children who study music at school tend to be more friendly, open and caring.

Music benefits academic skills:

  1. Studies show that music lessons and practising an instrument can increase your IQ even by 7.5 points.
  2. Playing an instrument helps academic achievements. It enhances long term and working memory in children and benefits areas such as geometry or reading skills.
  3. Music students have higher standards when it comes to their work. Practising music promotes achievement orientation and develops a specific work ethics that transfers to other areas as well.
  4. Music boosts creative thinking – which comes in handy not only at school and when it comes to art subjects but also later in life.
  5. Music supports multitasking. Musicians constantly have to adjust to the tempo, tone, style, rhythm of the pieces – and that is good training for the brain when it comes to conducting a few activities at the same time.

Facts about music education for parents

Music education benefits the whole family:

  1. Learning about music promotes empathy. It teaches you to detect various emotions in sounds – and therefore also in speech and conversations. So, music can help you connect and communicate with your child.
  2. Music is an easy and fun way to support children in their learning problems and difficulties. It’s an useful tool in speech difficulties therapy, it can also benefit children with attention span deficits.
  3. Playing music can bring a family closer together and develop stronger bonds between parents and children.

Health benefits of music:

  1. It slows down signs of dementia. Playing an instrument increases your brain plasticity – the process of building new connections between brain cells. And that keeps your mind sharp even as you’re aging, it can also delay first symptoms of dementia and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  2. Listening to classical music in the evenings improves sleep quality – not only in children. If you constantly feel tired or have trouble sleeping, try some music instead of the sleeping pills.
  3. Your child constantly catches a cold? Try some music. Studies show that listening to music can boost immune system.
  4. Music is good for your heart – it lowers blood pressure, slows heart rate and speeds up recovery in heart diseases.
  5. This may be a little surprising but music can help you lose weight… listening to soft music during a meal leads people to eat less calories.
  6. Making music reduces risk of depression – it decreases anxiety, loneliness and makes you feel happier.
  7. Engaging in music can delay or reduce hearing loss that naturally occurs when you get older.

Now you know many important benefits of music education – not only for children but also for yourself and your whole family. Doesn’t that convince youthat music should be an important part of our lives?

 

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