Learn Music – Remain Ahead in the Race
- Apr 27, 2014
In today’s world, music plays an extremely important role in learning. Many people choose to learn music — vocal or instrumental — for a variety of reasons. Some learn music for self enjoyment, while others learn it for professional reasons.
There have been a number of studies, which have demonstrated that music plays an extremely important role in improving our memory, mathematics and literacy scores.
Not only does music directly help our learning, but it also improves our sense of well being. Thus, it has an indirect, but positive impact on learning.
- Music helps a person, who has suffered various injuries, accidents or trauma, recover faster. This is known as music therapy.
- Music has been shown to improve the health conditions of cancer patients, reduce their pain and improve the results obtained through chemotherapy.
- Music is good for our mind because it relieves stress as well as reduces anxiety and depression.
- Music improves people’s short and long-term memories.
Some well known studies, which have demonstrated the benefits of music, include:
- A Study by McMaster University in Canada demonstrated that students of music had better memory skills, higher IQ and even outperformed their peers in non-musical subjects, such as math and literacy.
- A study by the National Association for Music Educators, which studied SAT takers in the age range of 16 to 18 years, found that SAT takers who had studied music scored 56 points higher in verbal reasoning and 39 points higher in Mathematics than their peers, who had received no musical training.
- A few researchers at the Mc Gill University studied chemical changes produced by the body while listening to music. They found that it produced larger amounts of the “feel good” hormone, dopamine.
- A study by E. Glenn Schellenberg at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, whose findings were published in a 2004 issue of Psychological Science, focused on three groups of six year olds. It gave music lessons to one group of six year olds, drama lessons to another and no lesson to the third group for nine months. After nine months, they found that the six year olds who had received music lessons scored three points higher on IQ tests compared to the other two groups.
- Gottfried Schlaug, professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College studied children undergoing 15 months of music education. The study found that students who had undergone music training had better motor skills and sound discrimination capabilities.
- A study conducted by Christopher Johnson, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy at the University of Kansas, was published in 2007. It demonstrated that students in primary schools, which provided superior music education programs, scored 20% higher in Mathematics and 22% higher in English compared to students in schools, which had low-quality music programs. The results were the same even after adjusting for socio-economic disparities between the schools.
These are some of the many ways, in which music plays a positive role in learning.
Children become Capable to Express Themselves Musically: Studies have visibly demonstrated that music helps to make a child smarter. Children should also learn music for the sake of knowing a new art form, expressing themselves creatively and valuably utilizing their free time. This is of huge benefit in itself.
Music Facilitates Learning Other Subjects and Enhances Other Skills: While children learn to sing, play an instrument or move to music, they also have to develop other skill sets simultaneously. They use their fingers, ears and eyes as well as other muscles.
Language Development: A number of studies have demonstrated that learning music develops the part of the left side of the brain, which is important to process language.
Increase IQ: A student of music needs to use his or her brain more and this helps to improve IQ.
Improves Spatial and Temporal Skills: Various studies have demonstrated that learning music helps to improve a student’s spatial and temporal skills. This greatly helps them when they choose to pursue careers in architecture, gaming, mathematics, art and engineering.
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