“Music lessons, and even simply listening to music, can enhance spatial reasoning performance, a critical higher-brain function necessary to perform complex tasks including mathematics” (Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1994).
Learn more about the benefits of music from the Children’s Music Workshop here.
Adolescents who participated in a structured recreational music making (RMM) protocol as part of their rehabilitation process have demonstrated statistically significant improvements in school/work performance and behavior toward others. These structured music programs have also decreased depression, negative self-evaluation, and anger in at-risk teens.
Read the whole article from the NAMM Foundation and the Yamaha Foundation here.
In repeated studies, instruction in music theory and practice has been the only after-school activity to show a significant correlation with academic progress. Neither athletics, visual arts, or chorus have shown the same results. (Johnson, C.M., & Memmott, J.E. (2006))Music instruction specifically in private or small-group lessons gives students more opportunities to build attention skills. This allows students to successfully perform a variety of cognitive tasks in all subject areas, not only music and mathematics.