Benefits of Music Education for Children

I expect that most people recognize that there is a personal benefit of music education — it gives you a better understanding of yourself and of the musical world.  This in and of itself is awesome; yet research has shown that there are significant cognitive benefits to learning music, especially for young children. The PBS KIDS article, The Benefits of Music Education, illustrates the different ways in which music benefits learning and cognition in children.

Research has found that learning music facilitates the learning of other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.

The specific benefits identified include:

Language Development:
Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

Increased IQ:
Children who were given music lessons over the school year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups.

The Brain Works Harder:
Students who received music instruction had improved sound discrimination and fine motor tasks, and brain imaging showed changes to the networks in the brain associated with those abilities.

Spatial-Temporal Skills:
Understanding music can help children visualize various elements that should go together, like they would do when solving a math problem.

Improved Test Scores:
Students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs.

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All of us at Lafitte Music Center believe that music training is an absolutely crucial to be one’s best self.  When you learn to play music a world opens up to you like no other!  We offer a free trial lesson, with group music classes and private music lessons at our music center or online.  We provide music lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in Citrus Heights and surrounding areas, including Fair OaksOrangevaleRosevilleNorth Highlands, and Sacramento.