Music programs in schools are getting cut far too often, which is a shame considering how important music is in children’s education. Though other programs are just as important in a child’s education as music, many people forget that music has as much of a positive impact on children as the rest do. Music is beneficial in the long-run for a child’s growth and development, which affects their future as well. Here are some of the benefits that come with music education.
Music is sung in all sorts of different languages: English, German, Latin, and countless others. Having music education will help expand children’s vocabulary and enhance their reading comprehension skills, so long as the education is consistent. This is because the parts of the brain controlling both musical ability and language comprehension are related: like with languages, music requires children to learn how to recognize and repeat pitch, tone, and word enunciation.
Music education means learning how to memorize many different musical components: sight-reading, how to play notes, and recalling lyrics are three such components. Learning how to do this improves the memory center of the brain. Music overall is easily stored in our memories—have you ever had a song stuck in your head? That’s music memorization. This memorization can be used to help children remember things like facts, help them study, and act as resources when presenting materials to others.
When you play an instrument, you need to learn how to play each note without looking at your hands. Not only does this relate to memorization, but it also enhances your dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Musicians need to be able to find the right fingerings on their instruments for certain notes written on the sheet music in front of them while looking at the conductor, leaving little time to look at their instrument (if that’s even possible) to find the right fingering. Playing instruments from an early age helps young children grow their motor skills; even hitting a triangle or block can help them in the long run.
A band or orchestra needs to work together to play music correctly and in a way that sounds good. This requires a lot of teamwork between yourself, your band members, and the conductor; this also means trusting that everyone else will do their part during the concert. Music can be about individual expression, but it’s also vital in teaching children about teamwork. It can also give students a sense of belonging at school when they participate in their school’s music programs.