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The TOP 5 Opportunities Missed...











The TOP 5 opportunities your child might be missing out on by not learning how to play an instrument.

If you've ever debated whether to enroll your child in a musical education, it's time to put those doubts to rest. The merits of a musical education far outweigh any possible drawbacks; music lessons help children to excel and have a greater potential for achievement.
1. An Advantage Towards Success in Life

2. An Effective Emotional Outlet

3. An Increased Focus in School Work

4. A Healthy Activity with Reduced Chance of Physical Injury

5. A Creative Skill That Lasts a Lifetime

An Advantage Towards Success in Life

A musical education has the potential to improve your child's future.

The Ripple Effect
Simply put, music enhances the process of learning. It nurtures the sensory, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, which also happen to be the driving force behind all other types of learning. This has been found to positively effect core subject like Math and Reading:

  • Students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 19% higher in English than students in schools without a music program, and 32% higher in English than students in a deficient choral program.
  • Students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 17% higher in mathematics than children in schools without a music program, and 33% higher in mathematics than students in a deficient choral program.
  • Students at schools with excellent music programs had higher English test scores across the country than students in schools with low-quality music programs; this was also true when considering mathematics.
  • Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and mathematics than students who had no music at all.

    * Journal for Research in Music Education, June 2007; Dr. Christopher
    Johnson, Jenny Memmott

Tangible Results
Solo & ensemble performances can build self confidence. Practice helps increase a child's ability to work independently and in teams. Musical composition and sight reading foster creativity and innovative problem solving. Through balancing rehearsals and individual practice, children learn the value of self discipline and time management.

Brain Development and Memory
Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University found that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

Enhanced IQ
It even affects IQ scores. A study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, as published in a 2004 issue of Psychological Science, found an increase in the IQs of six-year-olds who were given weekly voice and piano lessons. /font

An Effective Emotional Outlet

The arts are a valuable and powerful experience we should not deny our children. It can broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world around them. Artistic pursuits enrich the very fabric of our society.

Something Bigger than Ourselves
Experimenting with music allows children to experience being part of a greater whole. It helps to give them a place in the world that other endeavors may not accomplish. It lets them connect to their inner core and recognize who they are. Music can open the door for children to pass from school into a world of cultural and intellectual activity.

Self Expression, Self Control and Cooperation
Musical lessons provide children with a means of self-expression. They afford children with important developmental benefits beyond the skill of playing an instrument. A musical education can be a powerful solution to teenage anxiety, stress and pressure. Students involved in the arts are more cooperative with their teachers and peers, have higher levels self-confidence, and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.

Musical study helps students learn to work effectively in a school environment without resorting to violent or inappropriate behavior. In fact, secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse). [Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998]

An Increased Focus In School Work

Skills learned through the discipline of music can crossover to study skills, communication abilities, and cognitive ability useful in every part of the curriculum.

Academic Performance and Music
A study in 2006 demonstrated a positive relationship between musical lessons and IQ scores in 6-11 year olds. The research concluded that taking music lessons as a child is a reliable predictor of IQ scores and academic performance in young adulthood. (Schellenberg EG. 2006. Journal of Educational Psychology 98(2)).
Musical experience improves cognitive abilities such as, reading, symbolic and spatial reasoning, verbal memory, mathematics, self-esteem, and general intelligence. The study of music allows children to visualize various elements that should go together, similar to when solving a math problems

Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language. "The development of language over time tends to enhance parts of the brain that help process music," says Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. "Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent."

Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons. Those who practice a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

A Healthy Activity with Reduced Chance of Physical Injury

Engaging your child in musical lessons has many added benefits outside of the academic realm. It can serve as a boon for a child's mental and physical health, while avoiding the pitfalls of traditional sports.

Sports Related Trauma
Sports-related head injuries can have lingering effects on children. Researchers from the University of Oregon found that high school athletes who suffered concussions continued having problems focusing and switching tasks readily amid distractions two moths after their injury. ("Sensitive Brain-Testing Methods Reveal Cognitive Deficits From Concussions Still Present After 2 Months." Medical News Today)

According to researchers from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, nearly half of all traumatic brain injuries among children in Canada are caused by ice hockey. Dr. Michael Cusimano and his team gathered and examined data on the causes of sports-related brain injuries among Canadian children. (Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 1 Apr. 2013)

Performing music actually exercise the brain - and not merely by developing specific music skills, but also by strengthening the synapses between brain cells and creating more neural pathways.

Let's look a quick look at what happens in the brain while playing music:

The auditory cortex is immediately engaged as it perceives sounds and analyzes tones. The sensory cortex controls tactile feedback while playing the instrument. The visual cortex of the brain is involved in reading music. The prefrontal cortex is actively engaged by controlling behavior and making decisions.

These are the connections our brains use to retrieve information. In fact, musicians have more grey matter in their auditory cortex, the area of the brain in charge of processing sound.

Researchers at the University of Munster in Germany reported their discovery that
music lessons in childhood actually enlarge the brain. An area used to analyze the pitch
of a musical note is enlarged 25% in musicians, compared to people who have never
played an instrument.

- From Nature, April 23, 1998; Christian Pantev

These findings speak to the brain's plasticity-its ability to change or adapt in response to experience, environment, or behavior. It also shows the power of musical training to enhance and build connections within the brain.

"What's unique about playing an instrument is that it requires a wide array of brain regions and cognitive functions to work together simultaneously, in both right and left hemispheres of the brain," says Alison Balbag, a professional harpist who began musical training at the age of five, holds a doctorate in music, and is currently earning her Ph.D. in gerontology at the University of Southern California.

Improved Motor Skills
Children who receive instrumental music training also develop fine motor skills. In a study conducted by Dr. Timo Krings, pianists and non-musicians of the same age and sex were required to perform complex sequences of finger movements. Their brains were scanned using a technique called "functional magnetic resource imaging" (fMRI) which detects the activity levels of brain cells.

The non-musicians were able to make the movements as correctly as the pianists, but less activity was detected in the pianists' brains. Therefore, compared to non-musicians, the brains of pianists are more efficient at making skilled movements. These findings show that musical training can enhance brain function. [(Weinberger, Norm. "The Impact of Arts on Learning." MuSICa Research Notes 7, no. 2 (Spring 2000)]

A Creative Skill That Lasts A Lifetime

Musical lessons in childhood provide benefits beyond the ones to be taken advantage of in youth.

Long Lasting Benefits
As we age, the boons of a musical education can act as a bulwark against cognitive decline. "Musical training can have a profound and lasting impact on the brain, creating additional neural connections in childhood that last a lifetime and thus help compensate for cognitive declines later in life," says neuropsychologist Brenda Hanna-Plady of Emory University in Atlanta.

The hours dedicated in practice and study of music transfer into specific types of motor control and coordination. For example, each finger on each hand doing something different, and on wind and brass instruments using you mouth and breathing. This, along with the listening and music reading skills that are involved with playing an instrument contribute to a boost in mental faculties later in life.

Looking Toward The Future
The employers of today, and especially those of tomorrow, are looking for multi-dimensional workers with a flexible and supple intellect. A musical education is where these characteristics can flourish. It focuses on doing as opposed to observing, and fosters communication and cooperation among students. Musical performances teach young people to conquer fear and to take risks. This ability is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.

Richard Florida, in his book The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent, states that:

What we really need in order to prepare our children for the creative economy is a comprehensive education, something that takes them from aesthetics to algebra without pretending that the two are mutually exclusive. We need to see to it that, from an early age, our entire population is encouraged to develop its people skills with its multiplication tables and its creative and entrepreneurial potential with its reading abilities.

The creative fields are crucial for the economic and social success of our society. Therefore, it is vital that our children find themselves prepared for the future. They will play the most important roles: those of our guardians and caretakers.

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