Music And Learning
Studies have shown that people who listen, learn, and practice music improve in many areas of their school career. There are many good reasons for music to improve learning, and that’s why there is such a widespread reaction when people learn that music departments are being cut or abolished altogether. And it’s not just because of some hippy-dippy belief that art is important—though that belief isn’t hippy-dippy, and art absolutely is important. But beyond that, music and learning go hand in hand. Music increases a student’s concentration, a student’s discipline, and a student’s ability with math. All of that increases the sooner a child is introduced to music. There are studies that demonstrate that listening to classical music, like Mozart, while the child is yet unborn, it will increase the child’s understanding and intelligence. If a child begins taking music lessons early, all of those positive benefits will start happening sooner, and it’s a cumulative effect.
There are many ways to get your child the benefits of combining learning with music. First, decide early if you want your child to learn an instrument, and decide which one. Second, take your child to live musical events from an early age so they become accustomed to listening to live music, as well as appreciate the importance of the live music. Third, encourage the child to investigate the music that interests them the most. A student does not need to have the desire to have a career in music to appreciate the benefits of music. These elements go hand in hand, and it’s unfortunate that so many students are without that benefit.
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