Some Benefits of Music Education
By Sarah Holt
Do you ever wonder what advantages are achieved through learning
music? Read on to discover the many benefits of music education.
Learning music is hard work, but also very rewarding, which
can lead to a genuine increase in self-esteem. This can happen
when a student masters the many steps along the way to becoming
proficient, as well as when they have a successful recital or
One of the many benefits of music education is that it is
a great workout for increasing memory as the student learns to
recognize the different notes.
Music can be a creative outlet for self expression. This may
take the form of learning music that mimics experienced emotions.
Or it may be expressed in creating music and lyrics, which can
then be presented to family and friends.
Bringing People Together
Music can be a great catalyst for uniting people in a common
experience, where friends can be made, and a sense of belonging
can be available.
Increased Academic Performance
When talking about the benefits of music education it is often
well believed that learning music can boost academic achievement.
Although the exact mechanics of this is often not understood,
the belief is that learning music stimulates parts of the brain
that then have a carry-over impact on all academic areas. It
also provides structure and focus which may benefit other areas
Learning to work well with others is one of those things that
when present is often overlooked, but when absent is often painfully
obvious. Performing music requires the skills associated with
teamwork that are valuable throughout life. In order to play
an instrument successfully students need to be tuned in to what
those around them are doing so that the various instruments form
a cohesive unit.
Structure, Organization, and Discipline
When talking about the benefits of music education it is important
to acknowledge the value that can be found in the structure,
organization, and discipline that it offers. Structure and organization
are important skills to be learned. They can carry a child forward
in many areas of life, not just music education. When talking
about discipline here we are discussing the discipline it takes
for the child to set aside time each week to practice. Learning
to discipline themselves can eliminate procrastination, and like
structure and organization, can be valuable in all areas of life.
Enjoyment may not be the top priority for many when considering
the benefits of music education, but can be a great asset to
consider. If playing an instrument is considered enjoyable it
may take time away from less desirable things, such as watching
television or playing video games. In addition to this, any activity
that is enjoyable can be a great stress reliever, which may be
especially important for our kids right now since they are living
in a world of ever increasing stress.
With all of these benefits, there is no reason not to get
started today with your musical education.