Self-Confidence: Being able to go from learning notes and rhythms toproducing meaningful music instills in your child a sense ofaccomplishment and self-confidence.
Coordination: Hand, eye, body posture and thought all workingtogether are the ingredients of playing an instrument. These coordination skills transfer to many other aspects of life.
Teamwork: Every child wants to be part of a group. Theory and musicianship classes, in addition to group performances and recitalsprovide just such unique opportunities.
Comprehension: Learning to perceive and derive meaning frommusical sounds sharpens your child's ability to comprehend abstractions.
Problem-Solving: Learning the basics of musical language andinterpreting a work through performance teaches your child the ability to understand a problem and reach an appropriate solution.
Discipline: Learning all of the basics of music and applying themcorrectly takes perception and discipline.
Art Appreciation: The words beauty, serenity and excitement come to life with each musical experience. These feelings help every child appreciate all forms of the arts.
Logical Reasoning: When your child learns to analyze a musical workfrom all perspectives or to improvise within a certain musical style,both inductive and deductive reasoning grows stronger.
Communication: Music offers the ability to cultivate our feelings andthoughts through nonverbal means and to respond to these nonverbal thoughts in others.
Conceptualization: Your child learns to classify by learning to identify different types and styles of music and to recognize how cultures usemusic for personal expression.
Making Value Judgments: Learning to comprehend, consider and evaluate in music can help your child make informed decisions and uphold value judgments in other aspects of life.
Using Symbols: Learning to read, write and interpret musical notation strengthens the use of other symbol systems such as mathematics and language.
Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests. UCLA professor, Dr. JamesCatterall, led an analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database. Called NELLs88, the database was used to track more than25,000 students over a period of ten years. The study showed that students involved in music generally tested higher than those who had no music involvement. The test scores studied were not onlystandardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams. The study also noted that the musicians scored higher, no matter what socioeconomic group was being studied.
Reference: Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997.
Research shows piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts. Preschoolers were divided into three groups: One group received private piano keyboard lessons and singing lessons. A second group received private computer lessons.The third group received no training. Those children who received piano/keyboard training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others - even those who received computer training. "Spatial-temporal" is basically proportional reasoning - ratios, fractions, proportions and thinking in space and time. This concept has long been considered a major obstacle in the teaching of elementary math and science.
Reference: Neurological Research February 28, 1997
Researchers find arts training not only raises scholastic performance,but also improves student behavior and attitude. In Rhode Island, researchers studied eight public school first grade classes. Half of the classes became "test arts" groups, receiving ongoing music and visual arts training. In kindergarden, this group had lagged behind in scholastic performance. After seven months, the students were given a standardized test. The "test arts" group had caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22%. In the second year of the project, the arts students widened this margin even further. Students were also evaluated on attitude and behavior. Classroom teachers noted improvement in these areas also.