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"Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective."†

óBill Clinton, former President, United States of America.

The benefits conveyed by music education can be grouped in four categories:

  • Success in society
  • Success in school
  • Success in Developing Intelligence
  • Success in life

Success in society

 Music is a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life - indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals.

  • Better Citizens : Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns and music is a compelling solution to teen violence. The very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are practicing musicians.
  • Friendships: Music study provides opportunities for interaction with peers to establish new friendships

Success in school

  • Diligence: Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others.
  • Discipline of music study - particularly through participation in ensembles - helps students learn to work effectively in the school environment without resorting to violent or inappropriate behavior. and music is a compelling solution to teen violence.
  • Perseverance and Commitment: The demands of piano study teach children to develop a commitment to projects and follow them through to completion
  • Concentration: The study of piano fosters concentration that can carry over into learning other subjects.
  • Pride in Achievement: Students develop a sense of pride in their abilities through musical achievements

researchers found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT.

Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students, and that the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of non- participants receiving those grades

Success in Developing Intelligence

  • Coordination: The coordination of both small and large muscles is strengthened through piano playing.
  • Creativity: Music study provides a forum for communicating feelings and using imagination for creative endeavors.
  • Smarter: Music education makes kids smarter.  Neurological researches show music study can actively contribute to brain development.
  • compared to non-musicians, the brains of pianists are more efficient at making skilled movements. These findings show that musical training can enhance brain function.

Researchers found that children given piano lessons significantly improved in their spatial- temporal IQ scores (important for some types of mathematical reasoning) compared to children who received computer lessons, casual singing, or no lessons.

Study found that pattern recognition and mental representation scores improved significantly for students given piano instruction over a three-year period. They also found that self-esteem and musical skills measures improved for the students given piano instruction. 

The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.

Success in life

  • Patience: The process of learning effective practice skills aids the child in developing patience
  • Self-Esteem: As musical skills are developed, students feel a strong sense of satisfaction in their progress and develop a feeling of self-esteem that transfers to other situations in life.
  • Confidence: Frequent performance helps the child develop confidence and poise that will be useful in dealing with many situations in life.
  • Fun and Relaxation: Playing piano and listening to music is fun. This skill can provide hours of entertainment and relaxation throughout one's entire life.

Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.

Music making makes the elderly healthier.... There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons.