Benefits of Music Lessons

Music is a life-enriching experience that can be enjoyed throughout one’s lifetime! Music lessons can give you this gift!

Studying and performing music can be fun for both performers and those that simply listen!

Music lessons aid in the development of mental abilities. An immeasurable amount of research has been done to support this statement. Below are some examples of this research:

  • A research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reported that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science.1

  • “…music education enhances reading abilities.2

  • Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.3

  • A study of 237 second grade children used piano keyboard training and newly designed math software to demonstrate improvement in math skills. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software.4

List of resources consulted:

1. Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children's spatial-temporal reasoning,” Neurological Research, (Vol. 19, February 1997).

2. Dee Hansen and Elaine Bernstorf, “Linking Music Learning to Reading Instruction,” Music Educators Journal, (March 2002): 17-21, 52.

3. College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, (2001).

4. Graziano, Amy, Matthew Peterson, and Gordon Shaw, "Enhanced learning of proportional math through music training and spatial-temporal training." Neurological Research, (March 1999): 21.