The benefits of music education
Music is a part of our culture for thousands and thousands of years. We as a species have developed this need which is unique only to us. We still don`t understand when exactly when we played the first note. But things that we know for sure are that we love music as species and that it has some amazing benefits for all of us. There is no person in this whole world that does not like any kind of music. Which is pretty unique considering that people are prone to disliking the wide variety of things. Some people just don`t like to watch movies, some don`t like to play video games, board games and etc. You get the point. We should cherish all the music that our human race had created in the entirety of its history. Should we teach our children and people around the world about the music? Of course that we should, because who knows, maybe that way we will get the new Beethoven and Mozart of this age. What are the benefits of music education? And what we should do to make the musical education part of standard education? We will try to answer those questions. So let`s start.
It helps childer to develop other parts of their brains
Some studies have shown that music education can improve all around learning progress of the children. It helps to improve more than just their singing voices and capability to play instruments. Music will help any child to improve their intelligence because listening to the music, and more specifically, playing the music activates many parts of the brain. Which shows that children’s brain is very active while they are performing or playing the music for themselves. Learning to play music will help to improve all learning. Which is pretty remarkable considering that music is just one skill. But, that skill allows you to learn other skill some efficient and faster than ever before.
Music helps children to learn new languages
This is very prevalent in the kids from the ages of two to nine. When kids are born their brain from the first day is ready to decode sounds and words. But, with music, this treat is even more pronounced. If the child is in the music-rich environment, those abilities will become more effective. And the part of the brain that is in charge of language learning will become even more capable of learning new words and their meanings. Recent studies have show that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of a brain which is known to be involved in the processing of the language. This trait is very beneficial for the children in the social and intellectual development of the children. Development of the part of a brain which is in charge of language will also help to enhance the part of the brain that helps to process the music.
Music can increase the IQ of children
This definitely sounds somewhat strange. But think about it for a second. Have you ever met a child or a person that knows to play a music and which was not intelligent or at least had the normal intellect for their age? You probably haven`t. The study published in 2004 in the issue of Psychological Science have found a small increase of IQs of a six years old children which were given a weekly voice and piano lessons. This study shows that by teaching children the music you can improve their intellect and all the skills connected to the intellect itself. Next time when you meet the kid which is getting music lessons, you can be sure that they will have great benefits from those lessons in the future. That is for sure.
Higher activation of the whole brain
Many studies have shown that brains of the people who play the music work differently that the brains of the people who don`t. That research also shows that music helps with the larger growth of neural activity than in the people who don`t play music. That is because when you play music you need to use more of your brain than when you don`t play the music. A study led by Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College, and Gottfried Schlaug, professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medial Center and Harvard Medical School, have found changes in the brain images of the children that have undergone 15 moths of weekly music instruction and practice. Kids that underwent the instructions and practice have shown improved sound discrimination and fine motor tasks. Also, brain imaging has shown changes to thew networks inside the brain that are associated with that ability. This is yet another benefit of music education. It can really help with activating more of the child’s brain and help it to develop in a proper or even better way that usual child`s brain.
Should we make music education part of the standard education?
So, should we make music education part of the standard education? Should children learn to play instruments in school? Should they learn the history of music? Should we try to turn every child into a musician? The simple answer is yes. You don`t have to force kids into playing the instruments, but you need to give them a chance to learn, especially those kids who want to learn to play a musical instrument. You can see all the benefits that music gives to children. How much it can improve their brains and minds and how effective it is in doing just that. We would only help the children to become better versions of themselves if we give them a chance to become musicians. If we give them a chance to enjoy a music by listening the music, and most importantly, by playing the music. Many of us never had a chance to learn to play a music instrument, to get all of those benefits. So, why should we forbid it to our children? We need to let our children enjoy all the benefits of the music because no one else will if we don`t change the way that we teach our children. If we don`t let our kids to enjoy the music, to play a music.