"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young." —Aristotle
As adults, we understand the effects and many benefits of music on learning and our health and happiness—why should it be different for children?
Music Challenges the Brain in Many Areas Simultaneously
Results from studies around the world tout the benefits of children learning to play an instrument. The consensus is that studying music facilitates learning and some studies suggest it might even increase a child's IQ.
A powerful aspect about learning to play music is that it involves more than just the voice or the hands to play an instrument. It taps into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.
Simply stated, the benefits of music training can improve skills related to fine motor function, speech, language development, memory, emotion and general auditory processing.
NSS Youth Concerts
Every year NSS performs youth concerts in Chico and Redding as part of our music education outreach. These 45-minute programs are a fun, lively opportunity for kids to see and hear an orchestra play on stage, and for many, it is their first time attending a concert. When possible, we try to visit classrooms before the concert to introduce students to some of the musicians and instruments and offer friendly advice about concert etiquette. Learn more about our youth concerts and how you can donate to youth music education.
Fun facts about music education:
Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math.
(Source: 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey)
Music is Beating Computers at Enhancing Early Childhood Development. Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning.
(Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997)
Music Enhances Linguistic Skills. Music—specifically song—is one of the best training grounds for babies learning to recognize the tones that add up to spoken language.
(Source Sandra Trehubn, University of Toronto, 1997)
To learn more about how your child or grandchild can benefit from learning music, visit the following pages: