Benefits of Music

Notable Quotes

"Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into the intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits."  Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor College of Medicine.  Source: MENC & The National Association for Music Education "Benefits of Music Education" Brochure, Spring 2002. Click here to view.

"A ten year study indicates that children who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background." 
Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.  SourceCatterall, James S. (2009). Doing well and doing good by doing art: The effects of education in the visual and performing arts on the achievements and values of young adults.  Los Angeles/London: Imagination Group/I-Group Books.

In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts were found to be "more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident, and better able to express their ideas..."  Source: Burton, J., Horowitz, R. & Abeles H. Learning in and through the arts: Curriculum implications. Center for Arts Education Research.  Teachers College, Columbia University. July 1999. In 
Fiske, Edward B. (Ed.) Champions of change: The impact of the arts on learning (pg. 39). The Arts Education Partnership, 1999.


Why Invest in Piano Lessons?

1. Music study helps to develop intellectual skills. (Music reading increases the ability to focus, concentrate, and  memorize. It has potential for assisting in  the development of logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, and spatial reasoning abilities.)

2. Achieving success in music tends to boost self-esteem.

Musicianship is a healthy form of self-expression.

4. Piano practice improves fine motor skills.

Musical performance provides opportunities for social interaction and teamwork.

6. Music education encourages self-discipline, improves self-regulation, increases ability to accept personal responsibility, and promotes the exercise of personal initiative in life-long learning processes.

Music literacy is an important aspect of American culture.

Music is fun and has a healing effect on people.


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