The Benefits of Private Music Lessons
This article is a brief overview on some of the positive effects that music lessons have on learning and academics.
As a musician, I’ve witnessed the many benefits in taking private music lessons. It is a great opportunity for children ages 3 and up to see and experience, first hand, the affects of hard work and perseverance. “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again!” is an important motto for all students when they are studying music. By learning and putting this into practice, it prepares them for their future and teaches them qualities that are important for lifelong success in every pursuit.
Music naturally falls into the category of “art”, but it is also much more than that. In order to play music, you must understand the science behind each technique, learn to be analytical, and apply/practice your problem solving skills. A good teacher will teach each student how to master the skills mentioned and learn independently outside of each lesson.
While listening to music shows temporary improvements in intelligence, studies indicate that learning to play music has lasting value. It is shown that learning an instrument benefits the mathematic and language centers of the brain, as well as improving the student’s memory.
The following quotes list some of the findings of studies that were conducted on how music affects learning and brain development:
“In a Scottish study, one group of elementary students
received musical training, while another other group received an equal amount
of discussion skills training. After six (6) months, the students in the music
group achieved a significant increase in reading test scores, while the reading
test scores of the discussion skills group did not change.”
- Sheila Douglas and Peter Willatts, Journal of Research in Reading, 1994.
“A ten-year study indicates that students who study music
achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background.”
- Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.
“Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills”