The benefits of musical training have long been acknowledged by parents, educators, and more recently, researchers focused on learning and development. In Laura Lewis Brown’s article “The Benefits of Music Education” (https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/the-benefits-of-music-education), a number of experts weigh in on the effects of studying music. Musical education is linked with increased test scores, motor skills, memory, and language learning:
“Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.”
Among the most impactful effects include an improvement in language skills, especially for children:
“This relationship between music and language development is also socially advantageous to young children. “The development of language over time tends to enhance parts of the brain that help process music,” says Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and a practicing musician. “Language competence is at the root of social competence. Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent.””
Considering all of the advantages granted by musical training, it’s a perfect fit for any parent seeking to provide their child with an educational boost. In addition to improvement in myriad cognitive skills, playing music also enables the student to express themself in a positive, creative way. If you’d like to know more about music lessons, contact Thompson Tutoring today: https://coreythompsontutoring.com/contact-us/
Brown, L. L. (2021, August 13). The benefits of music education. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/the-benefits-of-music-education.
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