March is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. It’s MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH !
Why Play Music?
- It’s fun! Playing and learning music benefits people of all ages.
- Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words
- Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers
- Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests
- Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and mathematics than students who had no music at all
- Music education improves average SAT scores
- In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)
- Musicians are found to have superior working memory compared to non-musicians
- Music stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
- Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age
- Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging
Source: NAMM Foundation