Benefits of Music

Mozart effect proved untrue by Harvard--why no one should care

Last week, a group of Harvard researchers discredited the widely held notion that exposing your children to classical music makes them smarter. In a paper titled "Two Randomized Trials Provide No Consistent Evidence for Nonmusical Cognitive Benefits of Brief Preschool Music Enrichment," published in the open-access journal PLos ONE, doctoral student Samuel Mehr and Dr. Elizabeth Spelke stated that previous studies claiming that music education increases a chlid's IQ did not utilize proper research methods.

Music & Developing Intelligence

Many new parents will hear that they should expose their children to music in some capacity. It is commonly believed that music makes your child intelligent. In recent years, psychologists, neuroscientists, linguists, and other researchers have taken this claim seriously and have devoted hours of study to it. Their findings back up this claim in many ways. While music might not magically make your child a genus, it does develop parts of the brain that lead to greater academic success.

Music & Success in Life

Many start learning music with the intention of starting a career as a musician. And a few of those people become very successful. However, many other very successful people have a background in music. The discipline, confidence, and communication skills that come with music instruction can lead to greater success in life. Here's just a small list of successful people who've also played music:

Music & Success in School

Despite numerous studies showing that music education is highly beneficial, schools across the country are cutting their music programs left and right. The idea is that music is much more disposable than "core" subjects like math and science. The No Child Left Behind Act dispels this myth, though, stating that "the term 'core academic subjects' means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography."

Music & Success in Society

Everywhere you look, there's music--in the car, in stores, at home, and hopefully at school. It's a vital part of our society, and every other society around the world. Even the earliest humans made music. It's clear that music and humanity are intertwined. Modern research has strengthened this connection. Sociological studies have shown that those who learn music, even simply as a hobby, demonstrate greater civic engagement and generally enjoy greater success in school and beyond.

The Benefits of Music & Music Education

Today, there are more ways than ever to express yourself. Greater, cheaper technology means nearly anyone can find a creative outlet. Things like Photoshop, built-in video cameras in phones, and online music software makes art available to the greater public.

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