Learning music is much more than just music
Educational research tells us that learning acquired in music education is transferable to all other disciplines. Good music instruction leads to better results in other disciplines. Music allows the development of skills in reading and mathematics. Music learning develops creativity, reflection, problem solving, the ability to pursue a long-term project and the knowledge of others. (Mc Caughey, 1985)
Making music is in itself an extraordinary concept of enrichment….
Scientifically, music and arts education is measurable, providing the development of several sustainable academic and social skills. Studies show that music education must be accessible to all students. A prominent Montreal psychologist, Robert Zatorre, argues that when we listen to or perform a piece of music, the whole brain is called upon.
Music allows us to structure memory over time, to fix and retain concepts. Let’s just think about using a melody to learn the alphabet:
ABCDEFG HIJKLMNOP QRSTUVW XYZ
Lamb and Gregory (1993) found a correlation between auditory discrimination and reading ability.
Learning music increases the chances of success in other school subjects
Music is a language that develops skills in children who do not excel in oral expression. In addition, music develops coordination, fine motor skills (playing an instrument – fingerings), better abstraction skills, verbal skills…
In the United States, in schools offering arts enrichment courses, students’ academic performance is 12 to 20 points higher than the average in other schools.
The countries with the highest scores in mathematics and science are Japan, Hungary and New Zealand. In all three countries, music education occupies a daily (daily) place in primary schools. In Japan, all children play a musical instrument or sing in the choir.
Learning music also has positive health benefits
Learning the art reduces stress and increases the immune system for three days after the activity. The practice of an art not only allows the development of the entire brain, but also the health of students. The behaviour of students who regularly practice an art reduces aggressive and delinquent behaviour.
Research has shown that musical practice:
- Increases academic performance and social skills
- Structures procedural memory
- Facilitates the development of language, reading, expression
- Involves most human faculties: perseverance, intelligence, creativity, feelings…
- Develops kinesthetic, emotional and aesthetic sensitivity
- Allows the transfer of transversal skills
- Encourages students to have a positive image of the school
- Develops the feeling of belonging to the school