The value of music education for children is double: as an activity in itself, but also as a preparation for life. Since ancient times we’ve tried to capture the important educational value of music, considered as one of the fundamental subjects in man’s education.
Is early music education therefore so important to our lives? The latest discoveries in Neurology, Psychology and Biology indicate so: it not only changes our mood, but it can also have a very positive influence on human cognitive development, on the stimulus of our intelligence, and even on health.
Children’s music education
Many people study the relationship between children’s music education and child’s development. Some preliminary studies suggest that early music education plays an important role in the stimulus of intelligence. Almost no one disputes today that sheet music study and instrument contact are key in children’s music education.
In addition, it is clear that early music education generates states of relaxation and concentration, which are very beneficial for studying.
Other scientific studies indicate that music education for children has positive effects on their cognitive, creative, intellectual and psychological development. Child’s music education has even been shown to stimulate the left hemisphere of the brain: the one responsible for learning language, numbers and the use of logic.
Primary music education
The fact that children’s music education increases memory capacity, attention and concentration is not anything new. Neither is the relationship between music and mathematics. Melodic work promotes diction, memorization of texts and correct stress on words. And auditory work benefits the ability to concentrate and learn other languages. It is rhythmical work which helps to understand mathematical relationships.
Music education in ESO and Baccalaureate
Music helps to interrelate knowledge, to socialize, and, when group activities are done, it fosters collaboration, critical thinking and respect. In addition, through early music education, you can learn values, habits and even knowledge. For example, from the study of an instrument, you can work many subjects: Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Visual arts…
Consequences of music education in the adult stage
Music accompanies us at all stages of our lives. We are all clear about the key role it plays in training people globally for college or future work.
- According to a study by Northwestern University, someone who has studied music has better language skills (reading and writing).
- Early music education also has the potential to encourage familiarization with other languages and cultures.
- Early music education promotes the ability to memorize and creative thinking in adulthood. This quality allows you to solve problems in different ways, benefiting you in your academic and work life.
- Music fosters imagination and intellectual curiosity. In the future, child music education provides a positive attitude towards learning and fuels curiosity.
- Early music education also improves the ability to work as a team, which will be critical in the performance of any work activity.
- On the other hand, the study of an instrument teaches and promotes discipline and helps to manage time effectively and stick with a schedule. These resulting in very useful skills in adult life, in which you have family, work, personal and even academic obligations to balance.
- Finally, music has a very positive impact on the mental health of everyone who practices it. In fact, those who have benefited from early musical education are more emotionally developed, allowing them to express themselves better and deal with anxiety problems. At the same time, they have strengthened their self-esteem, something that always helps to have a greater probability of success in society, both personally and at work.