1. Increased intellect – research conducted over the years has proven that test scores, particularly in math and science, can increase among students who play instruments and learn about music
2. Decreases stress – music has a calming effect both when listened to and when played on an instrument. In fact, playing an instrument is a great way to vent emotionally, reducing anxiety.
3. Promotes social cooperation – it takes a team of musicians to put together most any musical piece, the cooperation required teaches team building.
4. Builds confidence – to play a musical instrument in front of an audience takes courage. The performance skills learned in concerts can be brought into the board room, decreasing public speaking/performance issues.
5. Encourages good work habits – in order to play an instrument students of music must practice regularly. They will quickly see that by putting in time and effort they can achieve goals and increase success.
6. Builds cultural awareness/appreciation – all music has a history, a story to tell. By learning about these musicians, where they got their roots and historic happenings during their time of success, music students can grow in their own appreciation for history and musical creation.
7. Helps heal the body and mind – The impact of music is so strong that music therapy is frequently used to help those suffering from such ailments as Alzheimer’s, brain injury, substance abuse and chronic pain.
Sources: Frank Degler, a child prodigy and professional musician who currently develops music education curriculum, and provides selective private music lessons and finishing performance training for music professionals; www.childrensmusicworkshop.com; www.musictherapy.org