In the family, in the classroom and among friends and strangers, music creates a sense of community. It speaks a universal language and bridges the gaps between nations, classes and ages. Music tells our stories.
For my family, the World Music Day celebration on June 21st was an opportunity to gather around the table to share our talents and talk about our favorite instruments, songs and sounds. We collected all the instruments in our house and created our own “jam session” in the living room. We sat in a circle and took turns playing and talking together.
Something remarkable happened.
Instead of just enjoying music as we intended, a change of mood seemed to result. As my daughter drummed away spiritedly, the frustration at an irreparably broken toy from earlier in the day seemed to dissipate. She talked about how she was feeling in a calm voice, finally remembering that “it’s okay for things to happen”. When I saw her engaging in music, she increased her coping skills and emotional regulation right before my eyes, and thought about how important music can be in our children’s lives.
As a former educator, I am no stranger to the way music lessons promote non-musical outcomes. Learning, playing and listening to music is not just one positive impact in terms of mental health and social development, it is ready to offer one too Improve academic outcomes. This includes improved grades in English, History, Science, and Math classes, better scores on standardized tests, and a higher IQ when measured by tests.
At We, the parentswe’ve put together an infographic singing the praises of music education. We’ve combined 17 science-based benefits with the studies that shed light on them. We’re sure eagle-eyed, music-loving dads will find these facts as fascinating as we do. So read on.
Neve Spicer is the co-founder of We, the parentswhere you can learn more about the science behind music education.
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