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Music Education is Vital to a Child’s Success

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

– Plato

The benefit of music education in the lives of children is immeasurable, and in today’s fast paced world, children need music more than ever. Music education prepares students for the challenges they will face as they grow, and provides them with a blueprint towards success.

Music provides children with the ability to think critically and creatively, while discovering that with discipline and persistence, they can achieve extraordinary results. Exciting new research suggests that the study of music actively contributes to brain development, and increases intelligence skills.

In addition to the development of academic skills, music prepares children to be sensitive young people who are compassionate about the world around them. It enhances their development, provides meaningful social interaction, and a positive outlet for their energy and emotions. The universality of music allows children to connect to the world around them, and grow into compassionate young people.

◗ Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visuospatial processing, mathematics and IQ.  — Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, 2006

◗ Playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem’s sensitivity to speech sounds. This relates to encoding skills involved with music and language. Experience with music at a young age can “fine-tune” the brain’s auditory system. — Nature Neuroscience, April 2007

◗ “Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.” — Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.

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