By KIERSTYN WILBOURN
“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers that think people own it.” -John Lennon
When a child is given their first instrument, they’ll most likely have a lost expression, almost like they have the “well what do I do with this?” look. From that point on, how the child decides to experiment with that instrument, could change their point of view on music for a lifetime.
Studies are showing that music education can make anyone (particularly children) smarter in the classroom and possibly raise their IQ. When playing an instrument, students can understand mathematical and scientific concepts easier than someone who doesn’t play an instrument at all. For example, it’s shown in a recent IQ study that a handful of trained piano students performed 34% higher on math test than non-trained students and those who trained for 9 consecutive weeks had an IQ raise by nearly three points.
In a study led by Ellen Winner at Boston College, professor of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that there were changes in the brain as children who underwent 15 months of weekly music instruction and practice. Students improved sound discrimination and motor skill tasks.
Overall, music can benefit your child’s abilities in everyday tasks such as discipline, learning a new skill, and being involved in the world of music, which is something to be proud of.