When children study music, their reading, spelling, and math skills improve. Educators agree that abstract concepts such as counting, fractions, and ratios become more concrete when applied in a musical context, making the relationship between mathematical theory and practice noticeably clearer.
Music increases a student's learning capabilities in many other areas, as various studies show: In 1987 to 1989, students taking music courses scored an average of 20 to 40 points higher on both verbal and math portions of the SATs than students who took no arts courses. During the same period, students who took more than four years of music and the other arts scored 34 points better on verbal SATs than those who took music for less than a year.
Students who participate in music group are 52 percent more likely to go on to college and graduate. A recent Rockefeller Foundation study discovered that music students have the highest rate of admittance to medical schools.
Studies in other countries have demonstrated that along with these benefits, there is a significant relationship between music instruction and education performance in reading, spelling, mathematics, listening and verbal abilities, and motor skills.
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Children have a natural curiosity, and curiosity is the seed of creativity. Music offers a child an exciting opportunity to channel that natural curiosity into creative endeavor. It nurtures independent thinking that will carry over into other aspects of the child's curriculum and be applied to many subjects other than music. It is more than coincidental that nationwide studies have shown that students in school music programs have achieved higher averages in all subjects and develop academically more rapidly than others. Direct correlations between music instruction and reading, spelling and math skills underscore music study as a decisive factor in a student's educational success.
What do you want for your child? Many parents agree that self-esteem, self-expression, self-discipline, individual creativity; and good academic and social skills are what they want for their children. When a child participates in music program, all of these traits develop! When a child succeeds at the diverse tasks required in playing and instrument, self-esteem is enhanced. When a child learns by experience that creating music links one's self to the world, self-expression becomes more fluent. Creating music helps the child interpret "who I am." The child who is taught how to make music learns much about his or her innate creativity. As a child begins to understand the connection between practice and the quality of a performance, self-discipline becomes self-reinforcing. It may then be a short jump to making the connection between self-discipline and performance in life. Music programs alone may not be the answer to all the educational and social problems among youth, but many agree it would be foolish to discount music education's contributions to finding solutions in these areas. Music is one of the few areas of study available to children that can bring such a diversity of positive factors together in the same classroom at the same time.
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Music Builds Self Confidence . . . Every child needs a success, a means of gaining recognition. It's a part of the growing-up process, with each accomplishment contributing positively to the development of a stronger personality. Music provides almost daily opportunity for individual accomplishment and, with each success, your child gains confidence. Children who participate in music programs begin to know themselves, to believe in their abilities and to gain strength as individuals.
Music Has Lifetime Value . . . "Music is the universal language of mankind," said Longfellow. Where will learning this "language" lead your child? The possibilities are endless. Regardless of where music leads your child, he or she is certain to benefit from the ability to play an instrument. Your child will develop a finer appreciation for history and culture as well as for all forms of music. Music will provide a means of individual expression, of relaxation and enjoyment, and better use of leisure time. Your child will benefit from the personal growth and development that musical training brings.
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Much of the above material was copied from "Your Child's Future . . . with Music!"
a brochure printed by United Musical Instruments.
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