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.

It's important that we recognize this and do what we can to foster creativity and participation in the arts, especially music. Music is a fundamental aspect of human life. The history of music goes nearly as far back as human history itself, and every culture around the world has traditions involving music. Participating in these traditions makes us well-rounded and greater citizens of our country, our culture, and the world over. Everyone who makes or listens to music is enriched by it.

Music is integral to a thriving society--scientists and sociologists have demonstrated this fact. Success in school and beyond can be affected by music instruction. Research shows that studying music increases brain activity in many areas of the brain, leading to more efficient language and data processing and sometimes a higher IQ. Music programs in schools lead to higher graduation rates and higher standardized test scores, not to mention a greater involvement in school activities.

Students of music consistently outperform their peers in a variety of tasks, whether it be civic engagement or arithmetic. Learning music is good for the mind, body, and soul, and makes a better person out of all of us.

Just a few of the benefits that come with music education?

  • Success in school

  • Success in life

  • Success in society

  • Greater intelligence

Anyone interested in music instruction for themselves or their children can see that only good can come of it. We should take advantage of these greater opportunities for creativity and enhance the rich musical tradition we already have.