Music Truths Posts

Music Training In Children Leads To Gains In Auditory Function

Music training leads to greater gains in auditory and motor function when begun in young childhood; by adolescence, the plasticity that characterizes childhood has begun to decline. Nevertheless, our results establish that music training impacts the auditory system even when it is begun in adolescence, suggesting that a modest amount of training begun later in life can affect neural function.

~ Adam T. Tierney, Jennifer Krizman, Nina Kraus, “Music training alters the course of adolescent auditory development,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015.

Music Lessons Improved Memory

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.

~ Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014

Musical Mastery Helps Language Processing

Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.

~ Trei, Lisa. “Musical training helps language processing, studies show.” Stanford News. Accessed February 24, 2015

School Music Students Show Higher Levels of Math Proficiency

U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

~ U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database

The Arts Help Students Become Problem Solvers

“At this time when you are making critical and far-reaching budget and program decisions….I write to bring to your attention the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act defines the arts as a core subject, and the arts play a significant role in children’s development and learning process. The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively.”

~ Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, Letter to Schools and Community Leaders, 2009.

Music Enhances Your Fine Motor Skills

Music enhances fine motor skills, or the ability to use small, acute muscle movements to write, use a computer, and perform other physical tasks.

~ Forgeard, 2008; Hyde, 2009; Schlaug et al. 2005, “The Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development A Longitudinal Study,” The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1169: 182–186 (2009).

Music Class Helps Student’s IQ

A study of 8 to 11-year-olds found that, those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training.

~ Forgeard et al., “Practicing a Musical Instrument in Childhood is Associated with Enhanced Verbal Ability and Nonverbal Reasoning,” PLOS One, 2008.

Students In Excellent Music Programs Have Higher English and Math Scores

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.

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