Music might seem unnecessary when it comes a child’s academic curriculum. However, evidence reveals that there are benefits to doing so as this does tend to improve their performance.
Playing a musical instrument or even participating in a music program can help you to increase your test scores, according to a study conducted by University of North Carolina study.
That said, here are 3 reasons why it helps children in their studies:
#1: Aids in Impulse Control
Learning to play an instrument is key to mastering impulse control. This, in turn, is a key indicator of success as an adult and academic achievement too. As they learnt to master this instrument with great patience, they also master fine motor skills in the process. This leads to mentality that is best described as a “mastery orientation” which they understand comes from regular and diligent practice and which will help with their studies at school too.
#2: Helps in Brain Development
In the first few years of a child’s life, their brains is responsible for laying down neural connections rapidly. If they aren’t used during this time, then the brain does not use but continues with the connections that a child uses regularly. Alternatively, children who are exposed to music develop these connections so as to master music skills in the future. This exposure, most importantly, also aids them in spatial, symbolic and critical thinking.
#3: Improves Listening Skills
Children who participate in music education gradually improve their listening skills since they have to know what the different notes sound like in music and imitate them too. With this proved by a 2010 study in “Nature Reviews Neuroscience”, this improvement can help them pay attention in class and take in information better.