Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief.
1) Music stimulates brain development in children
Various studies have found that engagement with music can lead to an improvement in brain development in children. Studies have found increases in IQ points in children who engaged with music. Musically-engaged students had more improvements in IQ subtests, index scores, and a standardised measure of academic achievement. Music education is also a great way to enhance reading comprehension abilities in children.
2) Music is a way to connect with other people
Music education is also important because it will give students a way to connect with other people. Children are naturally very social, and it’s important to encourage them to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with each other. Creating or encouraging participation in group work allows children to work together. This encourages bonding and will provide students with something to reminisce on together in the future.
It has been proven time and again that having people of all ages play or listen to music together will help to create bonds. Having an impromptu drumming circle or listening to and enjoying a piece of recorded music can connect people through sound, singing and even movement or dance. Musical experiences such as these can bring back a fond memory or create new ones!
3) Music integrates many different subjects
Another reason music education is so important is that it integrates so many different subject areas all at once. It gives children the opportunity to work on their maths skills, reading and writing skills, science skills, and history knowledge. For example, time signatures in music incorporate fractions, and lyric analysis and songwriting will allow students to work on their reading and comprehension abilities. Additionally, having discussions about how instruments work will involve information on the physics of sound, and learning about music’s place in society will shine a light on important historical events.
4) Music can relieve stress
Finally, music is an excellent way to relieve stress. This is significant for students who may feel overwhelmed by schoolwork and try to balance extracurricular activities. Music will offers an escape from these situations.
Music has many benefits to people of all ages. It’s important to know why so that we can continue to support Sherrier Pupils’ musical development.