why choose music?
Music educates the whole child
Young musicians learn more than "how to play notes"
Like other subject areas, learning to play a musical instrument gives young people skills and experience they will use in other areas of academics and life. These are often referred to as "soft skills". They are not necessarily the ability to do a specific task, but more like good habits, attitudes, or traits that enable a person to tackle a variety of challenges and opportunities. Many parents choose to make music a part of their child's overall education so that they can learn some of the following skills.
a good work ethic
satisfaction in success as a result of effort
patience and perseverance
the ability to create and pursue long-term objectives
grit—the courage, resolve, and strength-of-character necessary to pursue far-off goals and overcome challenges along the way
sensitivity (to their environment and other people, self-awareness)
critical thinking and self-assessment
confidence that is well grounded in life-experiences
Music teachers are lifelong mentors
Regularly scheduled lessons with a private music teacher gives students the benefit of having a mentor that they can learn from and work with for much of their childhood and adolescence. Music teachers also rely on parents to help reinforce lessons and encourage students, so lessons can become a wonderful opportunity for parents to be actively involved in their child's learning experience. Over time, the music teacher-student-parent relationship creates a model for having a positive and productive relationship between children and teachers in general. Usually students will study with one teacher continuously over many years, up to the point that they graduate from high school. Imagine what your child can gain from spending time each week (possibly for years!) with a qualified and dedicated teacher who is wholly focused on his or her individual learning experience!
More and more research tells us that music education is really good for you
Want a "full body workout" for your brain? Learn to play a musical instrument!
Grit: the power of passion and perseverance
Articles about music education, child development...and brains in general!
What parents need to know about children's brains on music
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Music instruction improves cognitive, socio-emotional development in young children
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain that are responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills... Read on...
How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition
Sustained training in music, dance or other arts strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn may improve cognition more generally. Evidence for such cognitive “transfer” is accumulating... Read on
Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing
MUSIC is not tangible. You can’t eat it, drink it or mate with it. It doesn’t protect against the rain, wind or cold. It doesn’t vanquish predators or mend broken bones. And yet humans have always prized music — or well beyond prized, loved it... Read on
Why Science needs Art
Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why art is crucial to science... Watch video