Music is a source of entertainment and fun, nearly everyone enjoys music, whether this is listening or dancing to music, playing an instrument or singing music, it is universally appreciated by all. But music is also a tool of education and learning, and as studies show, music is becoming a more significant benefit to the development of children in schools. As educators, it is important to nurture the talents and skills of children in order to ensure proper development. Whilst skills such as reading, writing, completing equations in maths or science may be the core of this development, subjects such as art and music are becoming increasingly valuable.
So what are the benefits of music education and why is it a necessary part of our school curriculum?
1 ) Creativity and Intellectual curiosity
Participating in music education from a young age promotes creativity, curiosity and a positive attitude towards learning. Having a vivid imagination aids children in all areas of study, fostering mental growth in children by providing
opportunities to create unique solutions and new ways of thinking and problem-solving.
2 ) Emotional Development
Studies show that students who engage in music education show greater co-operation and social cohesion. Singing,
dancing or playing an instrument can build greater self-esteem and aid the development of empathy.
3 ) Increased Co-ordination
By partaking in music class, students are able to develop greater, more refined motor skills. Learning to play simple songs such as “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” will allow for the practice of finger and hand control, skills that are beneficial for writing. Dancing and singing to music will allow children to develop body awareness and gain co-ordination skills with their body.
4 ) Memorisation skills
Music has the ability to improve memory skills. Because learning music imposes such a high working memory load, it enables your brain to further train your memory, helping expand your working memory capacity. This, in turn, improves the ability to think, which can often translate to improved results in other academic subjects.
5) Promotes Social Development
Participation in music classes can help students
socialise and develop their social skills. Music education promotes sharing, turn-taking, collaborating and working with others. This encourages social growth and allows students to develop a sense of teamwork.
Music education is becoming increasingly important, benefiting social development, providing entertainment and importantly promoting education. For many, alternative ways of learning are the most beneficial.
Music education allows for the development of personal skills as well as transferable skills. Thus, actively pursuing music education is a fun, easy and valuable way to support your child’s development.