Throughout history, music has been a profound cultural element in nearly all of man’s diverse cultures. It has played a beneficial role in human development and the civilizing of mankind.
Scientists are discovering that in addition to the positive effects on human health, music enhances intelligence. Research shows that music is to the brain what physical exercise is to the human body.
Musical training has shown to lead to improvements in a wide variety of different skills, including memory and spatial learning for example. In addition, language skills such as verbal memory, literacy and verbal intelligence have been shown to strongly benefit from musical training.
In 1989, the National Commission on Music Education reported that students taking music courses scored an average of 20 to 40 points higher on both verbal and math portions of the SATs.
Learning to play an instrument is an unforgiving endeavor. You cannot hide a wrong note or a missed beat. Demanding rigorous disciplined repetitious drills are indispensable for the development of a variety of skills, musical or otherwise.
But such drills are frowned upon and in some schools considered corporal punishment. The significance of musical skills in the overall educational experience is misunderstood and often dismissed.
In many school districts, music programs are among the first to be replaced with trendy social justice and multicultural studies.
The skills of careful listening and differentiating musical sounds transfer to other areas of the curriculum and improve the students’ ability to concentrate and attend to details.