Why should you have your child participate in choir or band? Here are just a few reasons found through researching the benefits of having children participate in a music program.
A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests.
Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a non-musician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University.
Elementary age children who are involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory improvement within a year than children who do not. A study at Columbia University revealed students who study arts have higher levels of self-confidence and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.