Benefits of Music Education

Did you know that music contributes to success in school?  Most people realize that music enriches our lives with beauty, joy, and a sense of community. But did you know that music has a positive effect on children's academic performance? Playing an instrument can improve children's academic performance in elementary and middle school, high school, and beyond.There is an abundance of research demonstrating the value of music education.  Click on the links below to read more.

"Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind"
From
Scientific American,
an article by the editors discussing music's profound and lasting changes in the brain: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hearing-the-music-honing


"Adolescents Involved with Music Do Better in School"

From Science Daily, a summary of an article by Darby Southgate and Vincent Roscigno
in Social Science Quarterly about the benefits of music in the schools:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090210110043.htm


"Music Education Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills"

From Science Daily, a summary of an article by Joseph Piro and Camilo Ortiz in Psychology of Music about how keyboard instruction improves reading skills:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090316075843.htm


"Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best"

From Edutopia, Fran Smith writes about school systems that are reviving arts curricula:
http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development









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