Sheila Parkins

Academy of Dance and Music

4701, boul. Saint-Jean
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
H9H 2A7
☎ (514) 626-1981
        Ten Reasons Why Music Education Helps Your Child...

 Plato once said that “education in music is most sovereign, because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the innermost soul and take strongest hold upon it”.Plato knew what he was talking about – the valuable skills and life lessons learned through music education have a profound effect on a child’s development. Here are my top ten reasons for signing your child up for music lessons:

1.Early musical training encourages the development of your child’s creativity. Children have wonderful imaginations, and through musical activity they learn to explore their artistic side.

2.The saying “music makes you smarter” is actually true! Many studies have been conducted on the effects of musical training, and scientists say that children who are exposed to music or play an instrument do better in school than those who don’t. Recent studies also suggest that early exposure to music benefits a child’s reading age, IQ, and the development of certain parts of the brain.

3.Music education improves the memory.  By recognizing and memorizing notes, melodies, and patterns, a child can develop excellent memory skills that will help him/her later in life. Adults can also benefit from learning to play a musical instrument because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active, helping to sharpen the memory.

4.Music gives children a means of self-expression. Through singing or playing an instrument, children learn to express their feelings and emotions in an artistic way.

5.Music education provides children with valuable social skills and promotes teamwork. In order for a group of musicians to perform well together (such as an orchestra or choir), all players learn how to work together in harmony to reach their goal.

6.Through music, children learn the valuable skill of listening. They improve their communication skills by learning how to take turns and listen to what other people have to say, such as the music teacher or their class-mates.

7.Music teaches students self-discipline and how to set goals. Learning to play an instrument and to read music is like learning another language – it can be a challenge!  By making time to practice every day and set performance goals, students learn important skills that will help them later in life.

8.Children can develop their self-confidence and sense of achievement through music lessons. It can be frustrating for beginners learning their first piece of music. But once it is mastered, what a great feeling! Getting up on stage and performing in front of an audience takes a lot of courage, and it is a proud moment indeed to take a bow and wave to Mom after that first concert!

9.Music can be great stress-relief. It is really one of life’s simple joys, whether you are playing it or listening to it. Early music education teaches students how to appreciate thebeauty of music, and they can carry this incredible gift with them for the rest of their lives.

10.Learning music is fun! Yes it takes a lot of work, but there is no denying that it is an enjoyable activity! Music lessons can help your child develop the love of learning something new – and since we are always learning, it can teach them to love life.