Twelve Benefits of Music Education
1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.
2. There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things).
3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.
4. Recent studies show that students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
5. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures.
6. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work.
7. In music, a mistake is a mistake. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence, and then experience the concrete rewards of perseverance.
8. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.
9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression.
10. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace.
11. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks.
12. An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.