Benefits of Having Music Lessons in Schools

Music lessons for children are important in schools. Yet, not many people see it as such, even viewing it as a hindrance to their child’s overall growth. However, parents, teachers and schools should see the importance and benefits of music lessons on the growth and development of children.

Music improves cognitive skills and academic performance

Back in the early 90s, when claims that “listening to classical music helps children become smarter” cropped up, development toys involving classical music for children started appearing in stores, and new parents scrambled to make sure that their kids grow up listening to classical music. While this claim has since been proven to be a myth, there is, however, truth to music improving the cognitive skills of young children.

Unlike the exaggerated myth that such a passive approach could somehow make children become smarter as they grow older, having a consistent music education can actually help young children enhance their language capabilities (such as vocabulary and reading comprehension skills), improve their memory and heighten their mental-processing and problem-solving skills.

Studies have shown that the area of the brain controlling both musical ability and language comprehension are more related than previously thought, possibly even more beneficial than offering children extra reading lessons. During music lessons, children are taught to read music by sight and memorise whole pieces of music so that they can play naturally without referring to the score too often. On top of that, understanding beat, rhythm, and scales in music help children comprehend mathematics better by showing them how to divide, create fractions and recognise patterns.

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