Why is it that music programs are one of the first things to get cut when schools need to “slim” down their programs? Is it because people think there are no “practical” applications for learning music and the skills that come along with it? Is it because people think you study music to become a musician and there’s no way my child is going to be playing Carnegie Hall anytime soon? What some schools are failing to see is the important intrinsic values, skills, and brain development that come with learning music.
Learning music and playing an instrument can help benefit children in schools in so many ways beyond just learning songs to sing and playing “twinkle twinkle” on the piano. There’s been a lot of research on the benefits of learning music and playing an instrument and how important and it can be for children’s developing brains. It has been reported that playing an instrument can ignite and stimulate nearly every part of a person’s brain at once, especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortexes. Music education in schools can help students develop language and reasoning skills, increase coordination, help with social and emotional development, help understand pattern and mathematics better, help develop creative thinking and self confidence, and more.
What’s important about music is not just learning music for “music’s sake”, but how learning/studying music can be an amazing vehicle for many other important developmental areas of a student’s progress and success both in and out of the classroom.