Music Lessons

Enhance your child's intellectual capabilities!

Benefits of Music Lessons

Music lessons leads to higher intelligence scores!

Voice and piano lessons have caused greater gains in IQ for six year old children than would be shown in normal development (Schellenber, 2004). The increase in IQ was even more apparent for music lessons than for training in drama.


Music builds cognitive skills through learning how to read music, understanding musical structures and focusing attention for long periods of time while practicing. This intellectual growth influences brain development in a way that increases overall intelligence (Berk, 2009). If music activity continues to adulthood, then the area of the brain that responds to sound will be an average of 30% larger than normal (Carter, 2010). This allows a deeper and more active experience of music throughout life.

Musical Notation

Understanding music notation allows children to understand this comic, and increases intelligence and spatial skills.


Music could help math skills!

Music lessons have be linked to increased spatial reasoning abilities (Hetland, 2000). Spatial abilities allow people to orient themselves in space, which is useful for tasks such as reading a map. These skills have been linked to math performance, so by increasing spatial reasoning music lessons could also increase math skills.


Music is fun!

Music is fun for your child--and fun for you. The intellectual gains are not the only reasons to learn music. It is a hobby that encourages emotional expression and can be continued throughout life. Watching your child learn this exciting and useful new skill is reward enough. Just imagine how proud you will be at your child's first concert.


Frequently asked questions

When should lessons begin?

Around age 6. At this point in development children begin to develop the fine motor skills needed to play an instruments (Berk, 2009).

What kind of lessons are most beneficial?

Vocal music has many benefits, the first being that you don't have to buy an instrument! It requires the technical knowledge and dedication to practicing that has been associated with increased IQ, and it is something that children can do anywhere.


As far as instrumental music, piano is the best starting instrument because knowledge of the piano creates a foundation of musical skills that can be translated to any instrument in the future. After at least a year of piano lessons, your child can try a different instrument; the lessons from piano will carry over so that the piano instruction will not be wasted. When orchestra or band is offered as an elective in middle school, transitioning to a flute, violin, trumpet or bass drum will be easier than starting from scratch.


For children just beginning, group lessons would be beneficial. They are less expensive, provide a good musical foundation, and are associated with the same cognitive benefits as individual lessons.


Give your child all the benefits associated with music lessons because:

References

Berk, L. E. (2009). Development Through the Lifespan (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Carter, R. (2010). Mapping the Mind. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.

Hetland, L. (2000). Learning to make music enhances spatial reasoning. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 34, 179–238.

Schellenberg, E.G. (2004). Music lessons enhance IQ. Psychological Science, 15, 511-514.