Music has always played an important part in the lives of people around the world. Music can connect us to our history, tradition and heritage while providing a source of entertainment and enjoyment. And on a more personal human level, music is one of the first things to develop in us and almost always one of the last things to go.
Active music-making is also a uniquely powerful means of involving and integrating the activities of both the right and left halves of the brain, combining the rational and the aesthetic. With new technology that allows scientists to peek into the brain, the research findings are even more solid and exciting. Music-making and music study have significant impact, both immediate and long-term!
Here are just a few of the areas where scientists and researchers are continuing to prove a direct correlation between musical study and specific developmental and learning benefits:
- Physical Development: Moving to music and later learning to play an instrument improves a child’s small motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and over-all physical coordination. Ask any football coach… there is a connection between rhythm and coordination!
- Language Development: Music is our first language, and the perfect way to enhance your child’s language development through enjoyable and repeatable songs and musical activities that help them explore new words, play with sounds, and put ideas together.
- Improved Listening Ability: Listening activities help your young child make a huge leap in learning to make sounds, say words, and have conversations. The study of music also helps to increase the attention span, focus, concentration, and long- and short-term memory.
- Increased Cognitive Abilities: Another benefit of music study is that it sharpens a child’s communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. He or she learns to understand, interpret, and use symbols in new contexts.
- Greater Academic Potential: The results of study after study keep pointing to the same conclusion: music in the early years improves academic performance in the later years. What is a fun and enjoyable activity with your toddler could very well mean more academic success once they’re in school.
- Creative Potential: Without a doubt, music-making provides a unique outlet for self-expression and out-of-box thinking. Music lessons encourage imagination, therefore expanding our creative potential.
- Development of Personal and Social Skills: Music lessons help build confidence, self-discipline, and responsibility as students learn to work and interact cooperatively with others in a musical group.
Here at Piano Central Studios, we believe that students of all ages – newborn to adult – can learn and benefit from the study of music. Through participation in a music program like what we offer here at Piano Central Studios, students learn the gratification of work shared and challenges met. With over 35 years of music education experience and the confirmation of numerous research findings, we can say with confidence: Music-making and music lessons help your child learn how to learn – for now and for life.