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Eleven Facts About Music Education

1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.  

3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics. Read more here



Piano Lessons Help Children Develop Many Skills


Music Helps children develop as they grow. In preschoolers, music promotes coordination of words and actions, builds memory, verbal and non-verbal skills, boosts confidence to perform in public, and helps teach cooperation and other social skills. In school age children, music performance develops precise control of smaller muscles in the arms and hands, builds accuracy, speed, timing, coordination and memory, and helps teach teamwork.—New York Magazine



Music Beats Computers at Developing Smarter Students


LOS ANGELES—A research team from the University of California, Irvine, exploring the link between music and intelligence, reports that music training—specifically piano instruction—is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Just 15 minutes a week of private keyboard instruction, along with group singing at pre-school, dramatically improve a kind of intelligence needed for high-level math and science, suggests a new study. Music lessons appear to strengthen the links between brain neurons and build new neural bridges needed for good reasoning, says psychologist Frances Rauscher of University of California-Irvine. "Music instruction can improve a child's spatial intelligence for long periods of time—perhaps permanently," Rauscher told the American Psychological Association meeting here."—USA Today



Music Experience Raises Students' SAT Scores


Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored 51 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 39 points higher on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.—Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers. The College Board, compiled by MENC



Keyboards & Kids


A study of second graders in Mississippi has found that keyboard lessons can dramatically improve the basic learning skills and concentration of young children. "In studying piano, children learn to read two lines of music," said C. L.  Stevenson, Superintendent of the Greenwood Public School District, where the study was done. "They use two eyes, two ears, both arms, all ten fingers, legs, and both feet, with the brain giving each of these a different assignment to perform simultaneously. That's a powerful task in concentration for the brain."


Weekly lessons were offered to 115 children from socially disadvantaged families, while no instruction was given to the control group of 127 students from similar backgrounds. Mr. Stevenson said the keyboard group demonstrated a greater ability to concentrate and showed marked improvement in coordination and self-confidence, and scored an average of 7 percent higher than the control group on the Stanford Achievement Test. According to the Superintendent, the children who played the keyboard learned pre-reading skills, such as listening and the ability to understand sequences. "One reads sentences from left to right," he said. "One also reads music from left to right. Many of our students have improved their concentration skills."—Long Island Parenting News



All Children Can Benefit From Musical Exposure


There are measurable benefits musical benefits for children, but there are also benefits beyond measure, says Radford University music professor and elementary music educator Marilyn Meador. "Your child doesn't have to be a musical prodigy to have their life enriched by music," she says, adding that every child can benefit from musical exposure and training.



Music Does More For Children Than Meets The Eye


Boys and Girls who hate to practice on their instruments ought to hear Dr. Frank Wilson sing the praises of learning to make music. The San Francisco neurologist claims learning music helps physical, mental, emotional, and social growth, at least tripling the pay-off for music lessons.—Patricia McCormack, United Press International