Music education is more than just learning to play music
Music education has far-reaching benefits that extend beyond the enjoyment of making and appreciating music in its own right. But what does this actually mean, and how do the benefits of study play out in everyday life?
Studying music requires the development of a variety of skills, like no other subject. We know that those who study scientifically the effect of a music education tell us that pupils benefit from, amongst other things:
- enhanced language capabilities
- improved memory
- strengthened hand-eye co-ordination
- powerful study habits
- heightened mental processing and problem-solving skills
Boosting confidence and going beyond expectations
Because the study of music develops such a broad variety of skill sets, there are so many opportunities for individuals to develop previously undiscovered skills and abilities. As such, we regularly see children achieving beyond the limits of their own expectations. For example, we have a number of ten year-olds who are currently studying at GCSE level equivalent, and 13 year-olds working at A-level equivalent. The inevitable sense of achievement and confidence that comes with this self-discovery extends far beyond the music room into daily life and in the wider community.
Many pupils who are not necessarily academically strong, discover new skills and mental processes which have a direct impact on their ability to tackle general academia at school. Parents constantly tell us of their child’s increased ability to focus, read, and produce neat and accurate work.
Performing an instrument or singing at any level enables children to find their own voice, and a secure platform for self-expression. Personally, I cannot think of a more important, rewarding and potent subject to study than music.
CLAIRE MEYER, PRINCIPAL
Chelsea Quavers Music School