Musicians Are More Tuned-In
Musicians are constantly adjusting for decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, & feeling. At the same time, they’re training their brains to organize and conduct numerous activities at once.
Source: John Ratey, A User’s Guide to the Brain (New York:Pantheon Books, 2001).
Higher Math Scores? It All Adds Up to Music.
When math students are exposed to music-based lessons – like music-based rhythm notation – they scored a full 100 percent higher on tests involving fractions.
Source: Gordon Shaw, “Rhythm Students Learn Fractions More Easily,” Neurological Research, March 15, 1999.
This is the first in a series of posts about the benefits and importance studying music!
Music Helps Hit SAT High Notes
An analysis of over 10 years of SAT data reveals that students taking music courses earn some of the highest math and verbal SAT scores.
Source: Ellen Winner and Kathryn Vaughn. “SAT Scores of Students Who Study the Arts: What We Can and Cannot Conclude About the Association,” Journal of Aesthetic Education (2010): 34, 77-98, accessed September 12, 2012, https://www2.bc.edu/~winner/pdfsatreap.pdf
Music Students Make the Grade
Not only do music students receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students, they also earn a higher percentage of A’s and B’s, as well.
This article from the New York Times outlines the results of research from Northwestern University that lists the benefits of early music education.
My favorite quote from the article:
“To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, the ability to disambiguate speech sounds, make sound-to-meaning connections,” said Professor Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. “Each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”
When you begin to wonder whether participation in music is worth the expense, the time, the earplugs, and the arguments with your children over practice, watch this video to remind yourself that:
- Yes, you are doing the right thing,
- It is totally worth it, and
- You are the adult…you know what’s best.
Keep them playing!!!