Education Minute #6 - The Importance of Music

Our house is filled with music. It seems like there is always someone tinkering on the piano, strumming a guitar, or singing at the top of their lungs. Both listening to music and studying it have significant cognitive and social-emotional benefits.

  • Children who study music have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills.
  • Students who play instruments in middle and high school have higher proficiency in math and science.
  • High school students who participate in school music groups report lower use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
  • Music also helps adolescents to release or control emotions, and helps them cope with difficult situations such as peer pressure, the dynamics of friendships and social life, the pressures of study and family, and the pain of loss or abuse.
  • Teens talk about music as a “social glue” and a bridge for building acceptance and tolerance for people of different ages and cultural backgrounds.

There are many free resources for exposing children to music theory, instruments, composers, and various musical genres. At school, students may also have the opportunity to sing in a choir or be introduced to an instrument. Private music lessons are also an option. No matter what you choose, exposing your kids to music yields many, many benefits.