by Steven Danner
There is no doubt music has a profound effect on humanity in a plethora of ways. One way that is evident, and is recognized by all, is that music has the power to capture and evoke emotion. It’s the backdrop of our daily lives. We use it as a tool to create or aid our different moods. Another of the seemingly endless ways music affects us is that it can boost the grade point average of students. Since school is coming up soon, this may help ease the back-to-school jitters, knowing that you can perform better in your studies by studying music.
There are a few things that are key to doing better in school. They are the core fundamentals at the root of better learning, such as analytical and cognitive skills. These are foundational to excelling at math, chemistry, and reading. The art to developing these skills lies within the arts (music) themselves, as well as having self-discipline, self-esteem, and being a good problem solver. These are some fundamental principles that are developed when someone takes music lessons.
Take the Greeks for example. In the Greek quadrivium, they considered music to be one of the four essential aspects of life, along with Arithmetic, Geometry, and Astronomy. There’s something to be said here.
Taking music lessons and studying an instrument helps people develop the skills necessary to being a good musician, but they also apply to the aspects of education in the areas of a school's curriculum. Practicing these skills will, in return, have the potential to raise a student’s grade point average.
There are countless studies that validate a positive correlation between music and the effects on the brain. Within schools, studies show that music students have an overall higher grade point average than that of non-music students. Students that study music are also said to develop the necessary skills for a variety of occupations. Let me give a couple of examples by dissecting how analytical and cognitive skills developed in music can apply to being better in school.
In music, analytical aspects come into play because anytime you play music, you’re doing at least two things at once. Many times a person is singing words, playing a rhythm, and reading the notes all at the same time. Understanding musical notation can be a lot like fractions. Fractions can be a very difficult thing to understand, but it’s the same as learning how to divide notation in music. A whole note equals two quarter notes, two quarter notes equal four eighth notes, four eighth notes equal eight sixteenth notes, and so on.
Attention and memory are some cognitive functions that are also fundamental in school, and equally so in music. For example, being able to concentrate and memorize information to study for a test. When taking music lessons, attention is crucial as the person reads through the measures, notes, and rhythms of a piece of music. Generally, the end result of a music student is to have the piece memorized and the ability to recall a vast repertoire of music. Cultivating the ability to memorize large amounts of information will carry over into the other aspects of a musician's life, such as studying for the various tests that are given in school.
Overall, taking music lessons can have a profound effect on a student’s grade point average. The self-discipline required to learn music, the analytical skills to play an instrument, and all the attention and memorization required when working on the music leads to a strong, driven individual who will carry these necessary skills into their education and on in life.
Parents, the most beneficial things you can do for a young person is getting them involved in music lessons, especially if they have a desire to play music. Luckily, Candid Brilliance Music has a wonderful staff of educators who, through musical lessons, can teach your child valuable skills that will apply to more than just being a skilled musician. It will improve their education!