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Music – The Teacher

 

We strongly believe in the value of teaching music, whether it be in a mommy-and-me introduction class or formal theory lessons for adolescents. Beyond the skills of reading music and playing an instrument, which are clear and measurable, incorporating music into our children’s education offers so many more benefits which might not be as immediately apparent, but are no less important.

 

  • Music Helps Develop Language Skills: Two Stanford studies discovered that ‘musical training helps the brain work more efficiently in distinguishing split-second differences between rapidly changing sounds that are essential to processing language.’

 

 

  • Music Helps Stimulate Children’s Brain Connections: A study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Researchers believe that music affects spatial-temporal reasoning (the ability to see part-whole relationships).

 

  • Music Helps Children Learn Math: Tapping a steady beat may help children learn difficult fraction concepts, according to findings published in the journal, Educational Studies in Mathematics. “Students in the music-based program scored 50 percent higher on a fraction test, taken at the end of the study, compared to students in the regular math class.”

 

 

  • “Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential. “

 

 

Add that to the ways that music helps children to listen, remember, interact with one another, and have FUN, and it is pretty clear that we not only teach music, but music teaches us!

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9159802/Music-helps-children-learn-maths.html

The Importance of Music for Children, by Jackie Silberg

http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/musicandmovement/learningthroughmusic.html

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