Music critical to learning success


Twenty years ago, a study proclaimed that students could be smarter if they listened to Mozart at an early age.

Fast forward from that sketchy project. New evidence strongly suggests that the benefits from a disciplined music background in the classroom benefits “brain fitness.”

Students who actually had to practice the violin or piano are better equipped to handle the rigors of daily life.

Students with musical instrument training are better equipped to handle other subjects, from literature to advanced mathematics. They are better equipped to multi-task, a quality so important in today’s job market.

Learning to read music at an early age increases the chance of success for learning a foreign language for it in itself is a language all its own.

Sadly, fewer schools are giving their students an opportunity to learn a musical instrument. A disturbing trend in education is to cut music from the public schools.

Music education must be preserved. Learning to play a clarinet or an oboe benefits strong students as well as the special students who are falling behind.

The brain depends on music to develop its full potential. Sustained involvement with a musical instrument at an early age is an achievable goal, even with our tight school budgets. Music should never be considered as just an “extra” expense subject to the budget ax.

Herb Gustafson

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