The Benefits of Studying Music

This article is a guest post written Rheuben Allen.

Why is it important for young people to study music? To put it simply, there are a number reasons music is an important part of a young person’s life and in this article I will touch on just a few.

Music helps develop motor skills & eye-hand coordination. Learning to read music and coordinate it with the movement of the fingers helps develop eye-hand coordination. Students learn to read the notes, interpret which finger combinations belong to those notes, and then they must make their fingers do this with great accuracy. The eye sees the music on the page and within milliseconds the mind must transfer that information to the fingers. By developing their eye-hand coordination through music, students will develop an important skill set for a variety of fields that require eye-hand coordination. These opportunities can include work as an assembler, surgeon, physician, pilot, technician or mechanic.

Music helps students develop the ability to work well with others. When playing in a band or orchestra, everyone must work together to make the music sound good. As part of being in an ensemble, kids learn how to work together by listening to the other players and following the conductor.

Music can also help develop social skills. When going over the music, it is necessary for young musicians to discuss different aspects of the music including pitch, intonation, articulation and style and then agree on which interpretation they’ll make. Music classes and ensembles are highly social environments where communication and negotiation are necessary skills that are learned along the way. This can be particularly beneficial for kids that are not necessarily outgoing.

Music also leaves room for personal expression. While studying music and their instruments, students have the opportunity to develop their own style and means of self-expression. And by learning to express themselves with music, they can better express themselves in everyday life.

And last but not least, learning to play an instrument is a great way to help young students develop confidence and a sense of accomplishment. The time and dedication required to learn an instrument is something to be very proud of.

Even if the student does not go on to become a professional musician, music is a great experience that will last them a lifetime.

There are many other benefits to studying music, and if you are a musician, we’d love to hear about how music has helped you.

Music is for a lifetime…

Here’s a great infographic from University of Florida:

University of Florida’s Master of Music in Music Education

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Published on: May 29, 2013

Filled Under: Music and Career Advice

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