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How Music Helps Your Child
As many of you know, music creates many educational growth opportunities
beyond the scope of learning the notes and the instrument. Some of the ways this
happens are below.
Special thanks to Marcia Trainer for her input into these
- Develops responsibility and self-discipline.
- Builds self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of
- Develops a life-long appreciation for music, art and culture.
- Cultivates creativity and independent thinking.
- Develops social skills and the ability to work with others in a team
- Improves communication and inter-personal relationship skills.
- Develops motor-skill and physical-intellectual coordination.
- Studies show that music students consistently rank very high
- Music erases all age, racial, religious, cultural, and political
- Music, like math, is often thought of as a form of
"language" - in
learning music, the brain uses the same centers as it does in language
acquisition. Students definitely benefit from keeping these centers
open and actively engaged.
- Music learning is a discipline. According to Bloom's
Taxonomy of Scaffolding Learning, the way music is learned provides an
ideal pattern for learning any academic subject.
- Colleges are increasingly interested in the well-
Music is always and everywhere respected as a noteworthy
achievement to add to a students' list of academic
- Music is a kinetic activity and permits a form of
excellence as discussed in Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple
- Many students find a talent or form of expression
they had not
had the opportunity to express in their standard academic areas.
This is a tremendous opportunity to build self-esteem, which is
transferable both socially and academically.
- Cutting music programs from the school curriculum is
than supporting it fully. The laws of reverse economics (John
Benham) apply and most music teachers are teaching 1.5 to 2.0 times
their student load compared with other academic teachers. Also, the
educational benefit students receive from music increases their
chances for academic success. In general terms, the cost to reinstate
a terminated program is on the order of nine times (9x) the original
budgetary allocation than standard operating expenses of a program
already in place.
- Learning music in a standard school routine is an
extraordinary opportunity to utilize large peer groups for structured,
common-goal directed activities. It simply is not readily accessible
privately without substantial additional expense, effort, time on the
- If you would like to read further scholarly articles providing research-driven data on the benefits of music (to children and otherwise), please go to The CMEA Bay Section's American Music Conference Advocacy Articles page.
- There are also further papers available through the MENC website collection of Academic Achievement Articles.
Practice Tips & Support Ideas
- Provide a supportive home environment that is conducive to
- Provide one hour daily that is theirs for practicing
where they don't feel they are disturbing others.
- Sit down with your child occasionally and talk to them about their music.
- Set aside a time for a 15 minute weekly recital to listen to them play.
- Make sure their instruments are in good working condition.
- Take your child's instrument to the repair shop every 3 months
for a check-up.
- Have a special time when you sign your child's practice record and
ask about their progress.
- Consider that practicing is like homework - if they don't practice they won't improve.
- Encourage them to practice and remember that music improves academic success.
- Have them break up homework with practicing to break the monotony and get both things done.
- Questions about practice records or progress - please contact a music teacher - we want to help!