This article was recently published by the ASO, and provides a great ‘snapshot’ of why music education is so beneficial for children.
Enhanced literacy skills
Evidence suggests the area of the brain controlling both musical ability and language comprehension are closely related. Music education requires students to recognise and repeat pitch, tone or enunciation of words. Especially in young children, music directly benefits the ability to learn words, speak them correctly, and process the many new sounds they hear from others.
Music is a vehicle for excellent memory skills. Through catchy melodies and a variety of sounds, music has a way of “sticking” with us and is a powerful tool for learning. When students learn to read music by sight, play the proper notes on their instrument and recall lyrics, this benefits the overall memory centre of the brain.
Music education promotes improved coordination, specifically hand-eye coordination and dexterity. This opportunity to grow motor skills is especially significant in younger children. Even a basic introduction to an instrument, such as hitting a triangle or learning a song on a recorder, can be beneficial.
Developing study habits
When children are exposed to proper music education, they learn powerful study habits. Mastering their specific musical craft takes a concerted effort, consistent practice and patience. These disciplined habits translate into other areas of study.
Music has no language barrier
Music transcends the limits of language, it’s something that brings people together regardless of ethnicity or background. Music also transcends academic barriers, all learners can be successful in music. Sometimes, students who struggle academically will soar in the arts.
Music education is an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children grow in self-esteem, build essential skills and prepare for bright futures!
At Campus, our students are privileged to enjoy a wide range of musical experiences as part of their musical education, which of course also supports their learning in so many other areas…
Campus Performing Arts Coordinator