1. Early musical training helps develop areas of the brain that are involved with language and reasoning. It has been shown that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain, which is known to be involved with processing language and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.
2. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions and rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer due to its subjective nature.
3. Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are painstakingly put together and what constitutes as good, as opposed to mediocre work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.
4. Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance. For this to happen they must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and to practise regularly and effectively.
5. In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or they aren’t, the entrance is made or it isn’t. It is only determined by how much hard work has been invested that makes a successful performance possible. Through music study, people learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
6. There is also a casual link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything. This can range from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a book-bag with everything that will be needed for the day.
7. Music provides people with a means of self-expression. Now that there is relative security in the basics of existence, the challenge is to make life meaningful and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what we want and what we feel. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
8. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on “doing,” as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students can also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.
9. Music performance teaches people to overcome fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.