With the reduction/elimination of music education programs in public schools, there has been a significant influx of fascinating articles and graphics that speak to supporting music in childhood education and experience. As a musician, I find these reminders refreshing; helping us all remember how much of an impact music has on individual lives, thoughts, skills and interactions. Therefore, I thought it might be useful to pull some together and have them all in one place for reference.
One of my favs, due to how straight-forward and appropriate I believe the content is, (and the fact that I'm partial to the apples visual!) is the 8 Benefits List.
So what are the 8 Benefits?
1. Improves Math and Reading Skills
2. Improves Memory and Listening Skills
3. Develops Language Skills
4. Improves Hand/Eye Coordination
5. Improves Focus
6. Helps Build Confidence
7. Helps Develop Creative Thinking
8. Helps Develop Discipline
Other articles include:
But, of all the benefits music brings to the table, by far the most important one on my list is simply "The Joy and Pleasure" it brings.